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ZAR 36 416
Lot 42
  • Opus One; Napa Valley Red; 1996; 2 (1 x 2); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 14 000 - 16 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 36 416
Location
Wine Storage

About this Item

Napa Valley Red, 1996
2 (1 x 2) 750ml
Opus One was founded in 1980 as a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi with the idea of merging old and new world wine styles. Located in Napa Valley, this joint venture helped establish the reputation of the Napa wine region and is an Icon in the world of wine. The 68.4-hectare estate is certified as a green winery and follows environmentally friendly procedures.

Critics Ratings

'This is one of the finest Opus Ones to date, offering a dark ruby/purple color, as well as a striking, intense bouquet of sweet licorice intermixed with blackberries, cassis, plums, and saddle leather. This seamless, full-bodied wine is more velvety-textured, opulent, and succulent than past vintages. The mid-palate is expansive and chewy. The long finish is filled with glycerin, ripe fruit, and sweet tannin. Drink this impressive, user-friendly yet richly concentrated effort over the next 15 years.' – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (RobertParker.com), 94/100 (2000)

'A total opposite of the 1995, the 1996 Opus One blasts from the glass with massive dark fruit, iron, scorched earth, graphite and new leather. The 1996 is one of the more virile, bombastic wines in this vertical. Plums, cloves, leather and tar all flesh out on the huge, imposing finish. Although a bit rustic and brooding, the 1996 is an outstanding wine if taken on its own terms. The finish is framed by substantial tannins and an element of burliness that is likely the result of a succession of heat spikes. In 1986 Opus One is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 3% Malbec.' - Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 90 (2013)

Provenance

Private Client


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