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Dominus 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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

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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

Editorial Reviews for Dominus

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.00 5
Vintage: 1994 03/04/2009

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


Member Reviews for Dominus

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/02/2011

- Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010


Snooth User: Gonzalezosvaldo3
80091853
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/18/2011

Five glasses


Snooth User: mikespeer
10741941,196
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 09/03/2012

great nose of black currant, cherries....silky smooth mouthfeel with layers of flavor...excellent


Snooth User: kgmasterpiece
72566736
5.00 5
Vintage: 1998 01/12/2011

Five glasses


Snooth User: jessgum
69151256
5.00 5
Vintage: 1996 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
Vintage: 1996 01/04/2008

Three glasses


Snooth User: dowsk
3447881
5.00 5
Vintage: 1994 11/11/2007

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.


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External Reviews for Dominus

External Review
Vintage: 2012 08/03/2015

A towering, majestic wine, the 2012 Dominus is a real stunner. Opulent and intense, yet backed up by a classic expression of acidity and tannin, the 2012 hits the palate with considerable richness. Graphite, dark red and black stone fruits, tobacco and incense soar from the glass as this voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its irresistible sexy personality. Expressive floral notes add lift on the finish. The 2012 has become a bit more tender than it was last year, which is excellent news for Dominus fans, especially with super powerful 2013s lurking right around the corner.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 08/03/2015

Flirting with perfection, the 2012 Dominus is composed of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Five thousand cases were produced, a relatively modest amount from this large vineyard’s big crop. Christian Moueix told me that there was plenty of heat in 2012, but there were no excessive hot spells that can plague Napa Valley vintners during the growing season and harvest. This wine’s opaque plum/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful nose of sweet crème de cassis, a touch of background oak (only 40% new oak is used), spice box, cedarwood, black cherries and a hint of spring flowers. The complex, intense aromatics are followed by a deep, opulent, multidimensional, full-bodied wine with not a hard edge to be found. Everything is seamlessly crafted in this beauty and the vintage’s abundant richness is well-displayed. This 2012 can be drunk in its exuberant youthfulness or cellared for another 20–25 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 05/17/2014

The 2011 Dominus (86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc) displays a streak of herbaceousness. Tasting the wine one can see the stress this vineyard on the valley floor must have endured with all the fog and botrytis. It is exceptionally well made in this agonizing year for vignerons, exhibiting a dark plum/ruby hue along with notes of sweet Provencal herbs intertwined with red and black currants, loamy soil, underbrush and spice. This medium-bodied 2011 is best consumed over the next 10–12 years.


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Vintage: 2011 05/17/2014

Good dark red. Perfumed, cool nose melds redcurrant, tobacco leaf, licorice, coffee, leather, clove oil and chicory, plus piquant notes of pepper (green, black and white!). Riper, suppler and deeper than the Napanook blend, but still with a pronounced herbal quality to the currant, tobacco leaf and clove oil flavors. More lift here too, though the dusty tannins arrive early. Ultimately much more structured than the Napanook. Mostero noted that yields were about average in 2011, as there was no serious loss of fruit during flowering.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 07/12/2015

Savory herbs, menthol, smoke and licorice are some of the aromas that open up in the glass in the 2011 Dominus. This is a relatively immediate, expressive Dominus with plenty of near-term appeal. The style is open and succulent for the year, with lovely balance and poise. Crushed rose petals and dried herbs linger in the close. With time in the glass, the 2011 fleshes out nicely. In 2011 Dominus is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 09/14/2014

Christian Moueix and his team at Dominus have experience with rainy vintages in Bordeaux. They also farm a site that is particularly well adapted to draining excess water. So they produced a remarkable 2011, a late vintage challenged by rain close to harvest. It’s proof that a challenge met can create something sublime — like this floral, red-raspberry-scented vintage of Dominus. It’s a tense chord of flavor incorporating green herb, tobacco, cassis and raspberry in a lasting harmony. The sophisticated structure suggests it will age with grace, while the gentleness of that structure will make it accessible along the way. A great bottle for lamb,


External Review
Vintage: 2011 05/17/2014

Bright red-ruby. Riper on the nose than the Napanook bottling, offering scents of redcurrant, espresso and bitter chocolate. Sweeter in the mouth as well, showing considerably more fat and attractive floral lift to its flavors of dark berries, herbs, pepper, licorice and spices. Fine-grained and concentrated but still a bit youthfully compact, in need of at least a few years of bottle aging to absorb some of its tannins.


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