Dominus Estate Proprietary Red Napa Valley 2011

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The new vintage of Dominus Estate 2011 Proprietary Red now available limited 94 Points Antonio Galloni Savory herbs menthol smoke and licorice are some of the aromas that open up in the glass in the 2011 Dominus This is a relatively im

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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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Editorial Reviews for Dominus Estate Proprietary Red Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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2.50 5
Vintage: 1991 01/26/2010

Clean and pure on the nose with a nice edge of vegetal funk up front and background notes of smoke and oak all over a very cassis driven core. This is decidedly varietal on the nose but note very California. In the mouth this is pretty soft with some fairly dry tannins still making their presence known. The fruit is soft and subtle with some dark, dried fruit notes that lead to a cinnamonny finish. Overall this promised more than it delivered and was rather dry and graceless. I have had better bottles of this, but they were all in the past. My last experience with this unfortunately mirrored this one. 84pts


Member Reviews for Dominus Estate Proprietary Red Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Caboaaron
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 02/14/2010

Tried this - A long time ago .... not sure about the year but overall was one of my favorites in my collection!


Snooth User: TommyG188
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/04/2008

Rich and balanced like a $100 bottle should be. One of the best California can offer.


Snooth User: RobbyRH10
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 03/06/2011

Five glasses


Snooth User: Bret Lewis
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 08/13/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: Lindy Hemsley
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2000 08/27/2011

Just gone past its best. Muted Christmas pudding nose with some dusty fruit. Decanting opened up. A bit of cherry/plum fruit plus coconut and cinnamon on palate. Still some tannin but not enough fruit to support. I actually still quite like it and the finish is long.


Snooth User: dowsk
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4.50 5
Vintage: 1992 11/11/2007

a consistent effort from Dominus. dark purple. perfume of fruit. full body. sweet tannin.


Snooth User: travreeves
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4.50 5
Vintage: 1992 07/29/2009

Four and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Dominus Estate Proprietary Red Napa Valley

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

The historic Napanook Vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley that has been in production since the late 19th century is the home of Christian Moueix' Dominus. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Dominus is an iconic wine that never lacks for bold intensity and power. Antonio Galloni scored this 94 saying "Savory herbs, menthol, smoke and licorice are some of the aromas that open up in the glass in the 2011 Dominus. This is a relatively immediate, expressive Dominus with plenty of near-term appeal. The style is open and succulent for the year, with lovely balance and poise. Crushed rose petals and dried herbs linger in the close. With time in the glass, the 2011 fleshes out nicely. In 2011 Dominus is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc." On SALE!!!!


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2010 09/06/2013

Napanook is a blend of bordeaux varietals specifically selected from the estate vineyard for their lively fruit and bold character. Napanook wines are youthful and exuberant, meant to be enjoyed regularly when a more casual wine is called for.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2009 06/26/2013

Dominus Estate is a check-list item for collectors. Highly lauded by wine critics and wine enthusiasts alike, this proprietary blend of Cabernet and Cabernet Franc is complex, dense, and incredibly age-worthy.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

The 2009 Dominus flows from the glass with layers of highly expressive fruit. The wine possesses stunning richness, power and depth. Dark red fruit, tobacco, flowers and spices are woven into a seamless, beautifully articulated finish. Elegance and intensity are in perfect harmony here. This is a thrilling wine from Dominus. The blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. - Robert Parker 97+ Points (blended with 10% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot): Good ruby-red color, more saturated than the Napanook. Knockout floral lift to the aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, blond tobacco, almond and mint. Suave, savory and extremely precise, with penetrating flavors of dark berries, licorice, minerals and cocoa powder. The petit verdot component acts as an amplifier of aromas and flavors, notes winemaker Tod Mostero, "like a good seasoning." Medicinal in a Bordeaux way. The finishes sho...


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2008 11/07/2011

WA 99pts. - JS 95pts. - This perennial favorite received a near-perfect score from Robert Parker and is sure to disappear in a jiffy! Winemaker Notes - The source for the wines is the historic Napanook Vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley that has been in production since the late 19th century. Located at the heart of the Napa Valley, the vineyard benefits from warm days but is kept cool by the breezes that pass over the Mayacamas Mountains.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2008 02/03/2012

This perennial favorite received a near-perfect score from Robert Parker and is sure to disappear in a jiffy! Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2008 11/10/2011

Received a near-perfect score from Robert Parker and is sure to disappear in a jiffy! Winemaker Notes - The source for the wines is the historic Napanook Vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley that has been in production since the late 1


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