2012 Opus One, Mondavi/Rothschild, Napa Valley

With enticing aromatics of ripe blackberry, graphite and an earthy nose, there is a restrained exoticism here typical of the finest Oakville Cabernets. The palate is plush with incredible quality of sweet tannin and great balance, making it very approachable, like a Pauillac on steroids. With black cherry, iodine, camphor and real vitality, this is a wine of many layers with a very bright future.

Critic score
95.75/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
4 available
£320.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Napa Valley, Napa County, California, USA
  • Grape
    79% Cabernet Sauvignon
    7% Cabernet Franc
    6% Merlot
    6% Petit Verdot
    2% Malbec/Auxerrois
  • Maturity
    Ready 2017 - 2035
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2012 Opus One, Mondavi/Rothschild, Napa Valley

TASTING NOTES

The iconic 2012 Proprietary Red Opus One is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec aged 18 months in French oak. A classy, complex, suave and savory 2012 Opus One, with notes of toasty oak and crème de cassis. This Pauillac lookalike, made by the staff at Mouton Rothschild, is a beauty. They have continued to strengthen the quality of wine and seem to have produced a brilliant, world-class wine. I imagine the 2013 may even eclipse this, but this 2012 is one of their great ones, with a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood all present in this beautiful, full-bodied wine that should drink well for 25-30 years.

Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate (December 2015)
96/100

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is supple and radiant throughout, with gorgeous suppleness and purity to the flavors. Sweet red cherry, hard candy, raspberry wild flowers and cinnamon are some of the notes that grace the palate. Racy and forward, yet classically mid-weight in structure, the 2012 is likely to drink well pretty much upon release. Once quite rich, the 2012 is developing into a wine of finesse and open-knit sensuality.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (October 2015)
95/100

Rich, powerful and seductive, the 2012 Opus One blossoms in the glass with superb textural richness and volume. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, cedar, new leather and tobacco all meld together as the 2012 shows off its personality. Fine, silky tannins support the huge, creamy finish. The 2012 has just been bottled, but it is superb. I expect the 2012 will offer a long and broad drinking window of pure pleasure.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (December 2014)
96/100