Opus One Napa Valley Red Wine 2002 Rated 94WA

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Rated 93
I tend to think that recent vintages of Opus One are even greater than vintages made during this era, but the 2002 is certainly one of the top wines Opus has produced during the early part of this century. It boasts a dense plum/purple hue along with a striking bouquet of graphite, toasty oak, creme de cassis and acacia flowers. Full-bodied, opulent and young, it offers accessibility as well as silky tannins. A thoroughly complete wine that is pure and rich, it tastes like a hypothetical blend of a great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon married to a Bordeaux Pauillac. Bravo! It will benefit from 2-3 more years of cellaring and should keep for 20-25 thereafter. Drink now-2039. (29th Jun 2012)

The 2002 Opus One is deep garnet. Showing nuances of dried strawberry, vanilla bean and mocha in the nose, the wine offers lavish flavors of cassis, black cherry, plum and espresso. A marriage of richness and restraint, the wine combines a lean, vibrant entry with profound mid-palate density. Silky tannins and a seamless balance enhance a long, unwavering finish accented by bittersweet chocolate and a hint of smoke.

Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Merlot 6%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Malbec 3%, and Petit Verdot 2%
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