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Dominus Estate 1989

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"...with a Bordeaux-like cedar, tobacco and black cherry core. Tannins are integrated...91." WS 8/99.

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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: JonDerry
6804463,069
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 09/27/2012

A real showy wine with intoxicating perfume on the nose. Plush mouth feel, delicate and finessed with good concentration of red fruits and currant. Has a lower intensity finish, with well resolved tannins, and there's decent acidity holding this together. In a good place right now. Very well balanced wine, bridging the gap between old and new Napa very nicely. 93 points.


Snooth User: UberAlexander
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5.00 5
Vintage: 1990 01/08/2010

This is a perfect wine.


External Reviews for Dominus Estate

External Review
Vintage: 2008 07/11/2011

There are 6,500 cases of the superb 2006 Dominus (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot). Its dark plum/purple color is accompanied by aromas and flavors of truffles, forest floor, black cherries, black currants, and Asian spices. One of the finest wines of the vintage, it is complete, full-bodied, and seamlessly built with beautiful ripe tannins, low acidity, and a luscious, layered mouthfeel. The aromatics are even more evolved and complex than the 2005's. The 2006 should drink well for 20-25 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

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. Itrsquo;s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grown in the Napanook Vineyard, the source of Naparsquo;s historic Inglenook Cabernets.


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Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

On the third day opened, the wine begins to yield. Black raspberry and currant fruit presides where tannin reigned. Itrsquo;s transformed into a beautiful, shimmering thing, a wine completely distinct from most Napa Valley Cabernets, one grown to age and to express the Yountville hillside vines rising up from the stone winery at the foot of the hill. What for some was a difficult Cabernet vintage in Napa, rsquo;98 caused winemaker Bruno Champy to adjust any number of factors mdash; from thinning after a difficult bloom, to tannin management through maceration and less pumping over, to lees new oak and less time in barrel and finally eliminating 50 percent of the lot. The struggle doesnrsquo;t show in the wine, or perhaps it shows in the greatness of the wine. Cellar it.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

The 2003 Dominus has turned out even better than I thought from barrel. There are 4,800 cases of this 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot blend. A big, sweet nose of roasted coffee, Provencal herbs, black currants, cherry jam, plums, allspice, and forest floor is followed by a spicy, rich, full-bodied, fragrant, intense wine. The tannins are sweet, but noticeable in this beautifully complex, strikingly aromatic 2003. It has much more similarity to a great Bordeaux than anything from Napa Valley. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2025.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Easily the greatest Dominus in memory. Comes down on the drier, lower alcohol and less ripe side than many Cabs in its league, yet lacks for nothing in complexity and sheer deliciousness. Tantalizes with blackberry tart, cherry, carob bean and a Pinot Noir-esque-cola-rhubarb richness that retreats behind rich tannins and an earthiness suggesting sweet blond tobacco and dried sage. Clearly ageable, it will develop bottle complexity over the next 12 years, at least. Itrsquo;s 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a few drops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Youthfully floral and tight, this vintage of Dominus is a big wine that holds all of its weight behind a powerful structure. And itrsquo;s the power of that structure that is front and center mdash; red apple-skin acidity and walnut-skin tannin mdash; needing a rib eye with plenty of fat to bring the fruit out of its cage. Stay with it and the winersquo;s earthiness begins to meld with the blueberry and chocolate richness. But itrsquo;s all completely primary. Put this away for ten years, and drink the Napanook while it matures.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

A great vintage of Dominus, this wine combines staying power with tremendous elegance on release. Christian Moueix has farmed John Danielrsquo;s classic vineyard since 1983; he now works with Boris Champy to make this wine. If you can procure a case, the complex red fruit scents and satin pleasure of the texture make it well worth opening a bottle now. Plan to drink most of it between 2010 and 2014, when the earthy tannins will have fully matured, adding more complexity to that voluptuous texture. Then save a few bottles to see whether this or the rsquo;01 will age best.


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