James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Wine Spectator
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Opus One 2010 - 1.5 Litre Bottle

Product description

Aromas of blackberry, rose petals, chocolate and espresso accentuate fruity and earthy nuances. Round, velvety tannins enrobe a silky texture with a touch of minerality. The flavours of dark fruit are enhanced by the well-integrated acidity. The acidity and tannin structure promise a very long life ahead.

97 Points - Vinous

Bright dark ruby. Initially, the reticent nose opened in the glass to reveal wonderfully complex scents of black- and redcurrant, blackberry, minerals, licorice, loam and tobacco leaf, plus a whiff of leather. Seamless, savoury and classy on entry, if a bit subdued, then delivers lovely restrained sweetness and a complicating wildness in the middle palate that still calls for more bottle aging. Old World in its classic dryness, this highly concentrated Opus One really shines on its vibrant, slowly building back end, where the broad, dusty tannins caress and saturate the palate and allow the fruits and minerals to build. A wine of outstanding depth, clarity, finesse of grain and class; it's hard to imagine that this site could give more. Long-time winemaking director Michael Silacci noted that the estate did not strip leaves before the brutal August heat spike. 

96 Points - James Suckling

One of the best from Opus, it shows beautiful blackcurrant Cabernet Sauvignon character. A powerful and poised wine with well-crafted tannins.

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A glorious perfume of sweet charcoal, truffle, black currants, and spice box soars from the glass of the saturated purple-coloured 2010 Opus One. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a beautifully knit, full-bodied red blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) displaying lots of spicy black currant fruit, medium to full body, velvety tannins, and not a hard edge to be found. The texture, length and richness are all impressive. This estate has been making great Cabernet-based wines for nearly a decade ... and this is another one. Drink it over the next 20+ years.

95 Points - Decanter

Very much a young wine in its primary stage, this is silky and powerful and tasted excellent during this vertical, despite 2010 being a challenging vintage for winemaker Michael Silacci. The year got off to a cool start, followed by a heatwave - the grapes at Opus escaped the shrivelling that much of Napa saw because of leaf cover. There are still plenty of signposts towards a hot summer - olive paste, rosemary, garrigue and licorice notes, gorgeous ground coffee bean edging, and an excellent layer of freshness that picks things up the finish and stops it being overly powerful. I like years in Napa that have a minor fault in them - too much perfection with the natural generosity of Napa can make for a compelling wine, and I celebrate the nuances here. 1% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Nineteen days of skin contact.

95 Points - Wine Spectator

It was tae kwon do with Mother Nature in 2010,' says Silacci. 'We had everything is thrown at us—heat, rain. A challenging year, but we found out we could pick earlier than we thought.' The wine is focused, with a cassis and cherry paste core supported by chalky minerality at first, changing to iron through the finish. Lots of savoury flecks hang in the end, with the fruit easily keeping pace. Still quite young.