Opus One Napa Valley Red Damaged Label With Good Fill 1996

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Opus One Napa Valley Red Damaged Label With Good Fill 1996


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Offering hints of violets and mint in the nose, the 1996 Opus One shows intense flavors of blackberry, chocolate and roasted coffee. Its cashmere-like softness and deep, plush flavors are supported by a firm structure and elegant middle body. A remarkably balanced wine, the 1996 imparts a persistently long finish that forecasts long bottle aging.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Opus One
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Wine AdvocateThis is one of the finest Opus Ones to date, offering a dark ruby/purple color, as well as a striking, intense bouquet of sweet licorice intermixed with blackberries, cassis, plums, and saddle leather. This seamless, full-bodied wine is more velvety-textured, opulent, and succulent than past vintages. The mid-palate is expansive and chewy. The long finish is filled with glycerin, ripe fruit, and sweet tannin. Drink this impressive, user-friendly yet richly concentrated effort over the next 15 years.

Robert Parker, December 31, 1999
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Wine SpectatorDark, rich and intense, with layers of currant, blackberry, cedar and spice. The flavors are still youthful, yet this turns drier and earthier from midpalate on, with a brambly sage edge on the finish. The best of four bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2012.

James Laube, 2007