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Dominus Estate 2008
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Another top effort from Christian Moueix and his California team, it shows a complex nose of cassis, cedar, leather and some herbaceous notes of eucalyptus and green pepper. Therersquo;s plenty of richness on the palate, where it turns earthy and tannic, showing its Bordeaux pedigree. Needs time.
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.
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.