Dominus Napa Valley Estate Proprietary Red 2005

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The dark ruby/purple-hued 2005 Napanook (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot) reveals a ...

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

Rich, dense and leathery, featuring a tight core of currant, earth, cedar and anise flavors. A deeply concentrated, firmly tannic young wine that k... Read more

Opaque, blood red. Moderately full-bodied. Highly extracted. Quite tannic. Bitter chocolate, black fruits, earth. Earthy nose leads a minerally pal... Read more

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


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External Review
05/19/2011

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 '89s.


External Review
05/19/2011

Opaque, blood red. Moderately full-bodied. Highly extracted. Quite tannic. Bitter chocolate, black fruits, earth. Earthy nose leads a minerally palate with tightly wound fruit flavors.


External Review
05/19/2011

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


External Review
09/16/2009

The 2005 Dominus (a 7,000-case cuvee of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) has come of age, and is one of the strongest efforts they?ve made. It is possibly the best Dominus since the 2001, and perhaps even the 1997 or 1991. A beautiful, sweet nose of roasted coffee interwoven with kirsch, black currant, cedar, and spice box emerges from this deep ruby/purple-colored wine. The wine has fabulous intensity, a layered, opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, well-integrated acidity, and a stunningly long finish. The layering of this wine as it builds incrementally on the palate is something to behold. An outstanding, sexy, ageworthy Dominus, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and last for at least 25 or 30 years.


External Review
05/19/2011

The Napa Valley Cabernet of Christion Moueix (of Bordeaux's Château Pétrus) continues to show refinement and grace, all the while exhibiting great intensity, depth and concentration in a can't-miss vintage. The 1991 vintage was the last appearance of Dominus, in the 1995 Top 100.


External Review
05/19/2011

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, it's approachable now and over the next few years. The latest in a long line of distinctive Cabernet-blend wines from Dominus.


External Review
05/19/2011

The 1986 Dominus possesses a deep ruby/purple color, and with about an hour'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 12-15 years. Dominus continues to represent the finest synthesis of European winemaking and Napa Valley's fine raw materials.


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Winemaker's Notes:

The dark ruby/purple-hued 2005 Napanook (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet<br/>Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot) reveals a big, spicy, tobacco, black currant,<br/>sweet cherry, new saddle leather, and loamy soil-scented bouquet. With<br/>attractive fruit, a soft, round, full-bodied mouthfeel, and beautiful<br/>complexity as well as balance, it is one of the most Bordeaux-like Cabernet<br/>Sauvignon-based wines made in Napa. This 2005 should drink easily for 10-12<br/>years. <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Dec 08)

The dark ruby/purple-hued 2005 Napanook (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet<br/>Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot) reveals a big, spicy, tobacco, black currant,<br/>sweet cherry, new saddle leather, and loamy soil-scented bouquet. With<br/>attractive fruit, a soft, round, full-bodied mouthfeel, and beautiful<br/>complexity as well as balance, it is one of the most Bordeaux-like Cabernet<br/>Sauvignon-based wines made in Napa. This 2005 should drink easily for 10-12<br/>years. <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Dec 08)

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