Opus One 1996 17.5 Drink 2005-2015
Continued heat spells resulted in small, relatively early crop of very ripe berries..
Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Cabernet Franc 8%, Merlot 3%, Malbec 3%
Skin contact 37 days
19 months in new French oak
Slightly dull crimson. Especially aromatic. Very slightly soapy nose. Floral. Aggressively lively. Very sweet start to the palate, with lots of tannin. Very dry finish. Slightly gawky nose. Not nearly as balanced as the 1995.
Jancis Robinson 2004