97 Points James Suckling “Mesmerizing aromas of flowers, bark, currants, and blackberries. So perfumed. You just want to smell it. Exquisite tension and finesse with an almost Burgundian texture, yet it’s Napa in its soul with ripe fruit, stones, spices and Chinese tea leaf flavors. Savory and delicious. Drinkable but better in 2020.”
95+ Points Vinous “The 2014 Opus One has turned out to be a gorgeous wine. Savory, tightly wound and intensely aromatic, 2014 is going to need time to unwind, but it looks like it will develop along the more classic vintages here. The tannins are firm but also impeccably balanced. A sleeper wine for the year, 2014 is shaping up to be a gorgeous wine that will handsomely repay several decades of cellaring. 2014 is not an obvious Opus One, like 2010, 2012 or 2013, but over time, I will not be surprised if it challenges or even surpasses some of those vintages. In short, 2014 is a wine of tension, power, and grace. (Antonio Galloni)”
93 Points Decanter Magazine “A cool bouquet of fruit compote and wild plum mingle with notes of clove, incense, and lilac. On the palate, the wine is youthfully taut, with a good line of acidity and fine but assertive tannins. It’s quite a serious, savory Opus which will need a few years in the cellar to unwind. Drinking Window 2020 – 2037.”
Wine Tasting Notes
The 2014 Opus One exudes subtle aromes of fragrant florals, fresh garden herbs and forest floor that give way to a concentrated blend of red cherry, blackberry, and black currant. After a silky entry, dark fruit flavors emerge with hints of baking spice and black olive. Fine-grained tannins offer a velvery texture and complex structure that builds to a long, vibrantly fresh finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoyable now, the wine will delight for years to come.
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 2% Malbec