*1991 Opus One
Opus One Red, Napa Valley, USA 1991
A triumph of balance and finesse, this 1991 is stylistically closer to Pauillac than Oakville! This bottle is very lightly corked but it's easy, for once, to disregard that. Very deep red in colour, it's showing only slight maturity. The nose is smoky and cedary, distinctly Bordelais in style, with refined blackberry fruit aromatics. The palate is rich and opulent, showing no extraction or excessive heft, while the texture is exquisite and the wine is still fresh. It has good length with some piquant acidity on the finish as well as sweetness of fruit. (DC)
Opus One's 1991 is a gorgeously rich, opaque ruby/purple-colored wine with a knock-out nose of smoke, cassis, vanilla, and a whiff of herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, with surprisingly supple, concentrated, chocolatey, cassis, and blackcurrant flavors that ooze across the palate, this voluptuously-textured example of Opus One is atypical in a vintage that produced so many backward wines. There is no question the wine possesses plenty of tannin, but it is admirably concealed by the copious quantities of concentrated fruit. (RP)
Elegant, even soft in its youth, this vintage will grow in complexity and unfold the nuance of flavors. The vintage yielded wines of great structure and balance with a sweet middle palate, layering fruit and oak aromas.
Opus One is the realized dream of two men: Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux and Napa Valley vintner Robert Mondavi. Together, our founders set out to create a single wine dedicated to the pursuit of uncompromising quality. This singular mission shapes every vintage, today and for generations to come.