Wine Review: Opus One 2012

Basic Information 

Name – Opus One 2012 

Producer – Opus One Winery 

Vintage – 2012 

Region – USA – California – Napa Valley 

Varietal – 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petite Verdot, 6% Merlot, 2% Malbec 

Pricing – $350 


The clarity of this wine is clear. The color is medium hues of ruby. 


The condition of the nose is clean with a medium intensity of aromas. The aromas consisted of black fruits, earth, sweet spice and oak.  


This is a dry wine with high acidity and tannins. It is a true full bodied wine. The flavor profile carries from the nose with notes of black fruits, black cherry and earthy notes. The finish is long with flavors of toasted oak.  

Overall Experience  

We thought the Opus One 2012 was an elegant wine with a flavor profile that was balanced and complex. This sipped smoother than the 2014 we were able to sample side by side. We believe the aging process played a significant role in that portion of the experience. Now the price point for Opus One is high, we suggest picking up a red Bordeaux for a similar drinking experience.


Food – Beef, Lamb and Poultry 

Cigar – Rocky Patel Royal Vintage, Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

Publication Ratings 

James Suckling – 97pts.  

Wine Advocate – 96pts.  

Decanter – 94pts.  

Wine Spectator – 93pts.  

Winemakers Notes 

The wine effuses dark fruit aromas accentuated by subtler notes of forest-floor and graphite. The wine’s round mouthfeel and satiny tannins wrap around classic flavors of cassis, blackberry and black cherry. This refined and age-worthy wine offers lively acidity and a sturdy structure with a long lingering finish. 

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