The Opus One 2019 has intense aromas of black plum, blueberry, black currant, and dried rose petals, accentuated by mineral undertones. The creamy, satiny texture is framed by fine-grained tannins. The freshness and soft glow of acidity create a subtle tension with dark fruit flavors, savory herbs, espresso, and cocoa. A delicate dark chocolate bitterness lingers on the finish. Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 99 Points Winemaker Michael Silacci commented that usually, the blends are finished in January or February after the vintage. This year, with the 2019s, he was still tweaking the blend, but he did mention that this is "pretty close to the final blend." Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Opus One leaps from the glass with notes of Black Forest cake, Morello cherries, mulberries, fresh blackcurrants, and hints of licorice, wilted roses, Sichuan pepper, and iron ore. Full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with juicy black, blue, and red fruits, framed by velvety tannins and background freshness, finishing on a compelling earthy/mineral note. Tasted as a barrel sample, this is a truly magnificent Opus One in the making! Barrel Sample: 97-99
James Suckling 99 Points The purity of fruit is really something else here, with currants and fresh flowers, such as violets and roses. Flower stems as well. Fantastic length and structure to the wine, with tightness and focus. Wonderful fruit. Graceful. A blend of 78% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot, 7% petit verdot, 6% cabernet franc and 1% malbec. Try after 2028.
Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points Similarly ruby/purple-hued, the 2019 Opus One is cut from the same cloth as 2018 yet has a touch more baby fat and opulence, at least at this stage. Beautiful black raspberry, cassis, toasted spice, lead pencil, and subtle oak all make an appearance, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a rounded, layered mouthfeel, impressive tannins, and a great finish. I don't think it has the same precision as 2018, but it brings another level of hedonism. It's another beautiful wine from this team. The blend is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot. Range: 96-98
Wine Spectator 95 Points Elegantly styled, despite some serious heft, this offers a mix of alluring mulberry, griotte, and cassis notes bearing a gently mulled edge while flashes of apple wood, sweet bay leaf, and red tea flicker along the edges. Very refined in feel, with a seamless structure extending the finish so the fruit can linger. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now
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