02 Opus One ($200) ☺☺☺☺☺

In some respects you would expect a $200 wine to be good but all too often the price in not an indicator or guarantee of excellence. In this case however the provenance is impeccable and the winemakers are renowned all over the world. Opus One is possibly the best know high end, yet readily available wine in California. This 02 Vintage is a classic which will continue maturing for years to come. We opened and drank this within and hour of decanting, the color is deep purple and it has a beautiful nose of ripe black cherries and plums. There is a slight hint of cocoa laced with vanilla. When you drink this wine it opens up beautifully to reveal beautifully structured tannins, not too harsh and yet firm enough to balance the wine. If you are lucky enough to have some of this in the cellar relax and watch it slowly mature, it will be worth the wait.

© John Holmes 2014