Dominus Estate 2010

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"The sweetest and most succulent black cherries, plums, violets, graphite, cinnamon and cloves come to life in the 2010 Dominus, a wine that stands out for its superb precision and balance. There is a purity and sheer sweetness in the fruit that is completely striking. As with the Napanook, today the 2010 lacks some of the depth of the 2009. It will be fun to see how the wine develops in bottle. The 2010 Dominus is a model of class and elegance. I find it utterly compelling. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot....96+" WA 12/12 "Good deep ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of black plum, blackberry, spices, licorice and menthol. Juicy, spicy and quite firm, but considerably more pliant than the Napanook, with dark berry and spice flavors lifted by a captivating floral element. Wonderfully seamless wine with broad, silky tannins and impressive chocolatey length. This wine was made from the vintage's most refined lots, noted winemaker Mostero, adding that the challenge in 2010 was to avoid rusticity of tannins...92-95" IWC 06/12

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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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"The sweetest and most succulent black cherries, plums, violets, graphite, cinnamon and cloves come to life in the 2010 Dominus, a wine that stands out for its superb precision and balance. There is a purity and sheer sweetness in the fruit that is completely striking. As with the Napanook, today the 2010 lacks some of the depth of the 2009. It will be fun to see how the wine develops in bottle. The 2010 Dominus is a model of class and elegance. I find it utterly compelling. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot....96+" WA 12/12 "Good deep ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of black plum, blackberry, spices, licorice and menthol. Juicy, spicy and quite firm, but considerably more pliant than the Napanook, with dark berry and spice flavors lifted by a captivating floral element. Wonderfully seamless wine with broad, silky tannins and impressive chocolatey length. This wine was made from the vintage's most refined lots, noted winemaker Mostero, adding that the challenge in 2010 was to avoid rusticity of tannins...92-95" IWC 06/12

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