Opus One 2018

Opus One 2018

As is so often the case with Opus, the wine expands slowly but surely, seducing you with the quality of tannins and depth of the fruit wrapped around them. Silky at first, but as the wine expands you feel a grainier, slaty texture that holds your interest. Rosebud, black cherry, cassis purée, espresso, juicy and elegant finish; extremely moreish. Similar style to the 2005, a wine that I loved during a vertical of Opus One did in 2019, and the result of a mild and moderate growing season. They have eliminated green harvest as of 2020, and instead anticipate how to balance the crop earlier in the season during shoot-thinning. Eighteen days’ skin contact in the cellar, another sign that this is a gentle vintage where everything came naturally so no need to macerate too long (over the years, maceration has varied between nine days and 43 days). Tasted twice.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon (95%), Merlot (5%)

Alcohol

14%

Bottle size

750ml

Drink dates

2024 - 2042

Origin

Country

USA

Region

California

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Jane Anson

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