2005 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine

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  • Proprietary Blend
  • 375ML
  • WA 95
  • IWC 92
  • WS 90

Reviews for 2005 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine

WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
This famous wine, first created by the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild and the late Robert Mondavi, started off life as a very good, but rarely exceptional wine. Over the last ten or more years, the administration at... This famous wine, first created by the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild and the late Robert Mondavi, started off life as a very good, but rarely exceptional wine. Over the last ten or more years, the administration at Mouton Rothschild, particularly the team led by Philippe Dhalluin, has truly pushed the level of quality to the point where this is clearly one of the great wines of Napa. And after so many years, it represents the pinnacle of French viticultural knowledge combined with that of California and Napa’s Shangri La-like microclimate. The 2005 Opus One, a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, has a ruby/purple color and a beautiful, sweet nose of créme de cassis and spring flowers. Complex and medium to full-bodied, with silky tannin and superb purity and balance, this is exactly what Opus One was meant to be when it was first proposed. Of course, it is a popular wine to criticize, but the quality has never been better, and certainly 2005 is a beauty. It is reaching full maturity at ten years, but I think there is still another 10-15+ years of upside potential in this wine. It is full-bodied, opulent and, dare I say, delicious. Given its popularity and brand recognition, it’s nice to know that even at a major steak house you can probably find this wine and be thrilled to buy it and drink it. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2008
Bright ruby. Rather wild claret-like aromas of currant black raspberry leather dark chocolate spices and tobacco. Then velvety in texture but also juicy and firmly structured with mouthcoating flavors of dark berries... Bright ruby. Rather wild claret-like aromas of currant black raspberry leather dark chocolate spices and tobacco. Then velvety in texture but also juicy and firmly structured with mouthcoating flavors of dark berries bitter cherry minerals cola and bitter chocolate. This elegantly styled wine really coats the mouth without coming off as overly sweet. Finishes with noteworthy spine and length. With extended aeration this grew sweeter and creamier with the black raspberry fruit taking over.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2008
A tightly knit youngster with hints of earthy cedar tar and tobacco which join ripe currant red cherry anise leather sage and spice ending with a strong structured tannic finish. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc... A tightly knit youngster with hints of earthy cedar tar and tobacco which join ripe currant red cherry anise leather sage and spice ending with a strong structured tannic finish. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2010 through 2016. 22500 cases made. -JL