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Dominus Estate 2008

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99 points Robert Parker: 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. (Dec 2010)

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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

External Reviews for Dominus Estate

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A complex and concentrated red, with a pretty, earthy core of anise- and currant-tinged Cabernet flavors, it slowly unfolds to reveal notes of coffee and spice. Smooth and polished in texture, itrsquo;s approachable now and over the next few years. The latest in a long line of distinctive Cabernet-blend wines from Dominus.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 1986 Dominus possesses a deep ruby/purple color, and with about an hourrsquo;s breathing, displays very flattering, spicy, rich, curranty fruit, a lush, full-bodied, concentrated texture, and impressive length. this concentrated, complex wine can be drunk upon its release, yet it has the requisite intensity, balance, and depth to last for 12ndash;15 years. Dominus continues to represent the finest synthesis of European winemaking and Napa Valleyrsquo;s fine raw materials.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Rich, dense and leathery, featuring a tight core of currant, earth, cedar and anise flavors. A deeply concentrated, firmly tannic young wine that keeps pumping out the flavor on the finish, where coffee and cedar dominate. Has a smooth, silky texture and more balance and finesse than most rsquo;89s.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The Napa Valley Cabernet of Christion Moueix (of Bordeauxrsquo;s Chacirc;teau Peacute;trus) continues to show refinement and grace, all the while exhibiting great intensity, depth and concentration in a canrsquo;t-miss vintage. The 1991 vintage was the last appearance of Dominus, in the 1995 Top 100.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Smoky aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, toffee, cedar and tobacco. Lush and sweet, with a wonderfully tactile mouth feel, but not as full as the rsquo;94 or rsquo;96. Complex notes of woodsmoke and berry fruit in the middle palate. Finishes with explosive fruit and firm tannins.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Full deep red. Sexy, perfumed aromas of black and red raspberry, currant, plum, graphite and spicy oak. Supple entry, then bright and sharply delineated thanks to firm acids. Fruit-driven flavors of currant, cherry and leather. Expands nicely on the aftertaste. Tannins are suaver than those of the rsquo;96.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Full, saturated red-ruby. Dusty black cherry, plum, game, woodsmoke, herbs and a suggestion of leafy Cabernet Franc on the nose. Thick and lush in the mouth, with the extravagant sweetness of the best rsquo;96s. This has good structure and grip, and therersquo;s plenty of deep fruit to buffer the substantial tannins. This wine and the rsquo;97 are both vinified by David Ramey before he moved on to Rudd Estate.


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99 points Robert Parker: 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. (Dec 2010)

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