Aging

We craft a wine that will reward your patience with long cellaring, but will still provide great pleasure in its youth. If you enjoy the complexity and delicacy of mature wine, Opus One may successfully age for twenty years or longer past its vintage date (assuming properly controlled storage). If you prefer younger, fruitier wine, you may enjoy Opus One upon its release, three years after harvest. Most wine lovers best appreciate our wine from eight to fifteen years past the vintage date — but the only imperative is to maximize your own enjoyment. 


Aging Guideline Chart

No further aging needed Ready to drink based on style preference Continue to hold
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998

1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Don’t worry if your wine is a few years past its prime, or if the storage conditions have not been perfect. Old wines can sometimes provide a pleasant surprise, particularly if you are accustomed to their delicacy and complexity. A more mature bottle might be evocative if not superlative.

See Older Vintage Tasting Notes

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