The 2014 Opus One exudes subtle aromas 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 velvety 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.
Climate and Harvest
The 2014 vintage was precocious – marked by the earliest bud break in our history. Timely rainfall and a continuation of mild and dry conditions throughout the year allowed the grape vines to support the slightly higher-than-expected yields. Following a near-perfect growing season, harvest commenced on September 5th just as the grapes reflected an ideal balance between freshness and concentration. After an early rainstorm, there was a brief pause; but the succinct harvest was completed on October 7th.
Component lots received an average of 20 days of skin contact during fermentation and maceration before aging in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months. The 2014 Opus One is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Petit Verdot 7%, Cabernet Franc 6%, Merlot 5%, and Malbec 2%
Decanter 94 Points!
Robert Parker 96 Points!
Wine Spectator 93 Points!
Wine Advocate 96 Point!