2010 Opus One, Mondavi/Rothschild, Napa Valley (6 x Bottle)

USA California

One of the highlights among the more recent releases, the 2010 Opus One is flat-out gorgeous. Dark cherries, plums, graphite, cassis and pencil shavings are all woven together in a fabric of notable class and elegance. The 2010 stands out for its exceptional minerality, tension and pure power. Readers will have to be patient. This is a picture perfect rendering of this great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vintage.

2010 Opus One, Mondavi/Rothschild, Napa Valley (6 x Bottle)

One of the highlights among the more recent releases, the 2010 Opus One is flat-out gorgeous. Dark cherries, plums, graphite, cassis and pencil shavings are all woven together in a fabric of notable class and elegance. The 2010 stands out for its exceptional minerality, tension and pure power. Readers will have to be patient. This is a picture perfect rendering of this great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vintage.

USA California
Region California
Country USA
Vintage 2010
Colour Red

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Vinous

Bright dark ruby. Initially reticent nose opened in the glass to reveal wonderfully complex scents of black- and redcurrant, blackberry, minerals, licorice, loam and tobacco leaf, plus a whiff of leather. Seamless, savory and classy on entry if a bit subdued, then delivers lovely restrained sweetness and a complicating wildness in the middle palate that still calls for more bottle aging. Old World in its classic dryness, this highly concentrated Opus One really shines on its vibrant, slowly building back end, where the broad, dusty tannins caress and saturate the palate and allow the fruits and minerals to build. A wine of outstanding depth, clarity, finesse of grain and class; it's hard to imagine that this site could give more. Long-time winemaking director Michael Silacci noted that the estate did not strip leaves prior to the brutal August heat spike.

97 Points / Drinking 2023 - 2042

By Stephen Tanzer / May 2020

Vinous

(84% cabernet sauvignon, 5.5% each cabernet franc and merlot, 4% petit verdot and 1% malbec): Bright ruby. Darker on the nose than the 2009, offering cassis, black cherry, licorice, crushed stone and bitter chocolate, plus a whiff of leather and a high note of clove oil. Juicy, intense and light on its feet, with a vibrant quality to its blackberry and black raspberry fruit. Not as fleshy as the 2009, and less harmonious today, but I like its verve and restraint. Finishes firmly tannic. This will merit a score near the top end of my projected range if it puts on a bit more weight during its final months of elevage. Incidentally, assistant winemaker Jure noted that this wine has the identical pH (3.76) as the 2010.

91-94 Points

By Stephen Tanzer / December 2014

Vinous

One of the highlights among the more recent releases, the 2010 Opus One is flat-out gorgeous. Dark cherries, plums, graphite, cassis and pencil shavings are all woven together in a fabric of notable class and elegance. The 2010 stands out for its exceptional minerality, tension and pure power. Readers will have to be patient. This is a picture perfect rendering of this great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vintage.

97 Points / Drinking 2020 - 2035

By Antonio Galloni / July 2013

Vinous

The 2010 Opus One bursts from the glass with an exotic melange of black and blue fruits, menthol, cloves and licorice. Today the 2010 is much more overt, racy and intense than it was just a few months ago. The tannins have begun to soften, releasing the aromas and flavors in an opulent, full-bodied Opus One supported by veins of precise minerality. The 2010 is very, very young, but is also striking in its beauty.

97 Points / Drinking 2018 - 2030

By Antonio Galloni / November 2013

Vinous

The 2010 Opus One has become incredibly elegant and polished over the last year, while retaining its power, structure and intensity. Explosive throughout, the 2010 is every bit as compelling as it has always been. Hints of rose petal, violets, lavender and mint add nuance as the wine turns a bit brighter and more floral over time. Readers who can be patient will be rewarded with a fabulous wine, but the 2010 is pretty hard to resist, even today. This is yet another terrific showing from the 2010.

97 Points / Drinking 2020 - 2035

By Antonio Galloni / December 2014

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

A glorious perfume of sweet charcoal, truffle, black currants and spice box soars from the glass of the saturated purple-colored 2010 Opus One. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a beautifully knit, full-bodied red blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) displaying lots of spicy black currant fruit, medium to full body, velvety tannins, and not a hard edge to be found. The texture, length and richness are all impressive. This estate has been making great Cabernet-based wines for nearly a decade … and this is another one. Drink it over the next 20+ years.

96 Points / Drinking 2013 - 2033

By Robert M. Parker, Jr. / October 2013