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Dominus Estate 1990

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December 1989 was the first rainless December in this century, and only 18 inches of rain had fallen since the previous July. As the month of May began, the season appeared to be headed toward drought. The 4 inches of rain at the end of May saved the vintage. August and September were neither too hot, nor too cool, and allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and fully, with well-balanced acid and mature tannins. Fact Sheet Beginning date of harvest: 09/11/1990 Ending date of harvest: 09/29/1990 Average days of Cuvaison: 18 days Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot Barrel regime: 16 months in French oak barrels — hand racked every three months Percentage of new oak: 30%

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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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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/14/2009

Deep red-ruby. Knockout, Bordeaux-like aromas of cherry syrup, plum, chocolate, mocha and brown spices, plus a faint vegetal complexity. Sweet, smooth and ripe, if not quite as dense as the extraordinary '91. Excellent acidity gives the flavors lovel... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1990 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine 1500ml



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December 1989 was the first rainless December in this century, and only 18 inches of rain had fallen since the previous July. As the month of May began, the season appeared to be headed toward drought. The 4 inches of rain at the end of May saved the vintage. August and September were neither too hot, nor too cool, and allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and fully, with well-balanced acid and mature tannins. Fact Sheet Beginning date of harvest: 09/11/1990 Ending date of harvest: 09/29/1990 Average days of Cuvaison: 18 days Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot Barrel regime: 16 months in French oak barrels — hand racked every three months Percentage of new oak: 30%

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