Opus One Napa Valley Red 1992

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Good weather led to normal bud break and excellent growing conditions throughout the spring. Mid-summer brought dry, warm weather with some hot days, accelerating the growth cycle. A very early harvest produced powerful wines with sturdy tannins requiring extended bottle aging.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Opus One
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Wine AdvocateThe 1992 Opus One, a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Merlot, offers a beautiful dark ruby/purple color, a big, spicy nose of cassis, lead pencil, and smoky oak, round, full-bodied, broad, fat flavors crammed with black fruits, soft tannin, low acidity, and a fleshy, full-bodied finish. This rich wine confirms just how fine these wines have become since the 1990 vintage.

Robert Parker, June 1995
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Wine SpectatorTightly wound, with firm tannins. The core of meaty currant, anise, cedar and spice tasted awkward, but all the ingredients are there for greatness. I expect this wine may take longer than most Opuses to reach its peak.--Opus One vertical. Best from 2002 through 2010. 24,000 cases made.

James Laube, February 29, 2000