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2010 Opus One

By Opus One

2010 Opus One from Opus One, Napa Valley, USA

In the grand tapestry of fine wines from USA, 2010 Opus One stands boldly at the forefront. With an unequivocal resonance, it embodies a vintage that dared to capture innovation and legacy in one delicious blend. A symphony orchestrated by Opus One, this compelling drop unearths the magic of gifted viticulture and winemaking excellence.

 

A vintage bridging contrast and continuity

The year 2010 saw immense climatic tension at Napa Valley, emphasizing a late blooming season partnered with an unusually cool summer and surprise heatwaves. These variances played an instrumental role in shaping the character and intricacies of the 2010 Opus One– its relentless endurance mirrors the journey it undertook to come to fruition.

This fine wine is a testament to the adaptability that exists within the vineyard, underscoring the expertise of the grower and winemaker. The knowledge required in weathering such drastic climate shifts, while still producing a wine of this caliber is astoundingly venerable.

 

Exemplifying precision and complexity

The resultant wine is a powerful orchestra poised between concentration and subtlety. Each sip reveals distinct layers of black cherries, cassis, and vanilla, splayed beautifully against a robust backdrop of structured tannins. This climatic saga ultimately conceived an alluring tapestry interweaving deep fruit intensity with beautifully integrated oak influences.

Opus One's immaculate craftsmanship resonates throughout this vintage- bringing forth a velvety profile that lingers compellingly on the palate. It is simultaneously assertive and elegant, masterfully paying homage to the resilience of both vineyard and vintner in what was a challenging year.

 

An interesting proposition for wine investors

A confluence of remarkable winemaking and remarkable climatic challenges has resulted in a wine that is poised to age elegantly, cementing 2010 Opus One as an enticing option for wine investors. Its impressive longevity alongside its storied narrative ensures that it is not just a fine wine for the palate, but also a noteworthy asset within your wine portfolio.

In showcasing the opulence of Californian winemaking, 2010 Opus One establishes itself as one of the most enduring offerings from America's flagship winery, celebrating not just the beauty of the blend but the resilience embedded within its origins. This wine stands as a testament – a Fra Angelico fresco that weaves adversity into gold thread.

Current market price

HK$35,130.00

12x75cl

Highest score

96

POP score

230

Scores and tasting notes

96

A glorious perfume of sweet charcoal, truffle, black currants and spice box soars from the glass of the saturated purple-colored 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. Tel. (707) 948-2400

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2013

Vintage performance