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My 7th place wine/Groups 7th place wine Oaky and smoky on the nose with notes of chipotle, plums, minerals and an earthy, leathery, manure tinged n... Read more
- Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010 Read more
great nose of black currant, cherries....silky smooth mouthfeel with layers of flavor...excellent Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Dominus
My 7th place wine/Groups 7th place wine Oaky and smoky on the nose with notes of chipotle, plums, minerals and an earthy, leathery, manure tinged note of decomp. Fairly high acid on the attack followed by a rather aggressive midpalate with alcoholic heat and stern tannins leading to the finish which had some nice black fruit but the tannins remained astringent. The complexity on the nose was interesting and more engaging than most of the wines but the palate was just out of balance. 86pts
- Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010
great nose of black currant, cherries....silky smooth mouthfeel with layers of flavor...excellent
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.
2000 tasting - extraordinary effort. dark purple. black fruit, mineral. full body, balanced, and extremely long finish. Having 1994 Dominus after 1994 Caymus SS mades the meal unforgettable.
External Reviews for Dominus
Composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the stunning, full-bodied 2010 Dominus boasts an exceptional perfume of hoisin sauce, licorice, underbrush, forest floor, plums, black currants and jammy cherries intertwined with hints of cedar, baking spices and oak. Full-bodied and voluptuously textured, the 2010 is on a slightly faster evolutionary track than the 2009 (somewhat of an anomaly for these two vintages). This exquisite as well as prodigious 2010 can be drunk young, but it should age effortlessly for 20–25 years. Bravo!
Graceful and refined, offering a subtle mix of delicate Cabernet flavors, with dried currant, cherry, herb, cedar, cigar box and graphite notes, ending with smooth, integrated tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024.
Bright, full ruby. High-pitched aromas of cassis, blackberry and dark chocolate, with more medicinal bitter cherry and mesquite notes emerging with aeration. Rich but youthfully tight, conveying an impression of brooding power. This very dense wine is actually creamy and wonderfully fine-grained in the middle but comes across as quite firm and bracing owing to its sharp definition and restrained sweetness. Communicates an impression of very even fruit ripeness. Finishes with terrific mineral-driven length. Built for long aging: will this eventually surpass the outstanding 2009 bottling?
The sweetest and most succulent black cherries, plums, violets, graphite, cinnamon and cloves come to life in the 2010 Dominus, a wine that stands out for its superb precision and balance. There is a purity and sheer sweetness in the fruit that is completely striking. As with the Napanook, today the 2010 lacks some of the depth of the 2009. It will be fun to see how the wine develops in bottle. The 2010 Dominus is a model of class and elegance. I find it utterly compelling. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2020–2035.
Good full red-ruby. Fresher on the nose than the Napanook, showing raspberry, plum, mocha and tobacco aromas. Round and plummy in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of milk chocolate, mocha and licorice. A wine of moderate ripeness for the vintage, and in a shell today. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and notes of plum, mocha and chocolate. I don't find quite the structure or grip of the best years.
Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years.
The soon-to-be-released 2007 Dominus is a 5,400-case blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. It is ironic that Christian Moueix, the practitioner of utterly profound Merlot-based wines from St.-Emilion and Pomerol, eschews Merlot from his Napa vineyard, recognizing that it is Cabernet Sauvignon, and to a lesser extent Cabernet Franc, that hits the high notes in Napa. A prodigious example of Dominus, the 2007 represents a hypothetical blend of a Pomerol, Pauillac, and a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby/purple-colored with a sweet nose of incense, cedar wood, black currants, black cherries, licorice, and a subtle hint of roasted herbs, it is an expansive, savory, opulent wine with a full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and sensational concentration. A legend in the making, it should evolve for 25ndash;30 years, possibly longer given the fact that his vintages from the early eighties are still going strong, and the wines today are better made given Moueixrsquo;s Napa experience and the estate winery he did not have 25 years ago.
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