opus one, napa valley 2009
DECANTER
93
JAMES SUCKLING
93

2009 opus one, napa valley

Why We're Buying

There are more than 50 wineries in Napa Valley, and they all wish they could produce something as magical as Opus One. Created in 1984 in a collaborative effort between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One is an indicative blend of five red-wine grapes. The grapes bring character to the wine in a way that cannot be replicated anywhere else. The price of this legendary Bordeaux-style red blend has risen 30.8% from 2017 to 2021.

Critics Scores

DECANTER
93

Decanter

2009 was a cooler vintage, and that's reflected in the complex bass notes of black olive and tobacco which inflect this Opus One's bouquet of dark fruit, chocolate and licorice; supple and polished on the palate, this wine has more of a savoury edge to its tannic profile than riper years such as 2007. Cabernet Sauvignon only makes up 81% of the blend here, complemented by fully 9% Cabernet Franc, a variety that plays an increasing role at Opus.

JAMES SUCKLING
93

James Suckling

Aromas of orange peel, currants, olives and subtle rosemary. Full body with a beautiful balance of fine tannins and a fresh finish. Super-refined and beautiful. Better in 2015 but just drinking beautifully now.

WINE SPECTATOR
92

Wine Spectator

This bold, rich and assertive Opus is firm and concentrated, displaying a mix of dried currant, blackberry, wild berry and spice flavors, ending with loamy earth and melted black licorice notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2025.