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Dominus 1996

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Mittleres Karmingranat, Ockerrand. In der Nase zarter Nougat, rauchig, nach Dörrpflaumen, Orangenzesten, erinnert an eine Botrytisnote. Saftig, süß, schokoladig, etwas zerfließend, Orangentouch auch im Abgang, angenehm zu trinken, sehr kalifornisch, süß und opulent.

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Dominus Estate:
Dominus Estate is owned by Christian Moueix from Libourne, France. His goal, supported by the team at the winery, is to produce great wine representing the unique terroir of the Napanook vineyard. Our philosophy is very traditional—that is, in order to produce great wine we need the best possible grapes. Therefore, we concentrate our efforts in the vineyard. The vines are meticulously manicure... Read more
Dominus Estate is owned by Christian Moueix from Libourne, France. His goal, supported by the team at the winery, is to produce great wine representing the unique terroir of the Napanook vineyard. Our philosophy is very traditional—that is, in order to produce great wine we need the best possible grapes. Therefore, we concentrate our efforts in the vineyard. The vines are meticulously manicured—we believe in crop-thinning, "nettoyage," washing the grapes, and other labor-intensive activities. During each visit to California, Christian Moueix spends most of his time in the vineyard, not only because he loves it, but also to better understand the natural expression of the vintage. Following the maturation of the clusters allows us to harvest the grapes under the best conditions. When the fruit enters the cellar after harvest, it follows a natural process of fermentation with few interventions. Our approach is that of a minimalist's. Following fermentation, the wine is blended in a manner that expresses the natural qualities of the fruit, not forced into a style with preconceived notions. Read less

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Snooth User: jessgum
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5.00 5
08/24/2008

Perfect Cali Cab. Mineral, smokey meats on the nose. Beautifully lucious on the palate. Full bodied, perfectly balanced. Next time, drink w steak, lamb or veal.


Snooth User: chang8317
3167220
3.00 5
01/04/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Dominus

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

It has been 20 years since Christian Moueix began his Dominus project ion Napa Valley. This 1999 ranks among the top Cabernet-based wines of the vintage. It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grown in the Napanook Vineyard, the source of Napa's historic Inglenook Cabernets.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

It is a medium-bodied, tightly-knit offering displaying more complex aromatics that the score might suggest. Notes of cedar, saddle leather, tapenade, dried herbs, coffee, and sweet cherries and plums are present in the impressive aromatics. In the mouth, it is compact and medium-bodied. Austere/astringent tannin in the finish held my score down. Some improvement will occur with aging, but I do not see the generosity or wealth of fruit concentration necessary to balance out the tannic structure. Anticipated maturity: now-2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A wine of great intensity, depth and complexity. Beautifully crafted, ripe, rich and creamy, showing off pretty vanilla and mocha-scented oak before a deep core of currant, blackberry, black cherry and minerally flavors fold in. Firm tannins add structure on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2004 through 2014.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

As good as the 2001 Napanook is, this wine is more intense. The fruit is lusher, the oak newer, the control more complete, but the kicker is the tannins. They're powerful and dusty, and conceal the flamboyance, for now. This is a monster of a wine that desperately needs time before exploding. Hold until 2010 and beyond.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Good ruby-red. Superripe aromas of plum, cherry, licorice, mocha, smoke and minerals. At once sweet and gripping, with very intense, nuanced flavors of cherry, plum, currant, tobacco, minerals and currant leaf. Despite the very high pH of 4.01, this shows no shortage of energy in the mouth. A muscular, firmly tannic, serious wine for aging. (A second sample that had been decanted for four hours prior to my visit was sweeter and more seamless, but still showed solid tannic spine.)


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A wine of substance and depth. Dark, rich and polished, with complex notes of earthy, meaty currant, anise, spice, cedar and leather, fanning out on the finish. Young and concentrated. Sampled twice in this blind tasting with consistent notes; better than previously reviewed. Best from 2002 through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The impeccably made 2001 Dominus boasts a dense plum/purple color in addition to a fragrant, promising perfume of cocoa, cedar, coffee, roasted herbs, and copious quantities of black fruits. There are 7,000 cases of this 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot blend. Rich and medium to full-bodied, with sweet but noticeable tannin, a layered mid-palate, and a long finish with obvious tannin, it will require 3-4 years of cellaring. It should last for two decades.


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Mittleres Karmingranat, Ockerrand. In der Nase zarter Nougat, rauchig, nach Dörrpflaumen, Orangenzesten, erinnert an eine Botrytisnote. Saftig, süß, schokoladig, etwas zerfließend, Orangentouch auch im Abgang, angenehm zu trinken, sehr kalifornisch, süß und opulent.

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