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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 ... Read more
Another top effort from Christian Moueix and his California team, it shows a complex nose of cassis, cedar, leather and some herbaceous notes of eu... Read more
Mature, with a Bordeaux-like cedar, tobacco and black cherry core. Tannins are integrated, and it has enough fruit and tannin for another decade. D... Read more
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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 '96s. This has good structure and grip, and there's plenty of deep fruit to buffer the substantial tannins. This wine and the '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. There's plenty of richness on the palate, where it turns earthy and tannic, showing its Bordeaux pedigree. Needs time.
Mature, with a Bordeaux-like cedar, tobacco and black cherry core. Tannins are integrated, and it has enough fruit and tannin for another decade. Drink now through 2006.
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 '96.
Deep red-ruby. Initially rather mute nose hinted at roasted plum with aeration. Supple and ripe in the mouth, with Graves-like notes of hot bricks, tar and roasted plum. A wine of very good but not outstanding depth. Finishes with chewy, slightly drying tannins. May be at its best now, but should hold at this level for a few years.
A surprise was the showing of the 1999 Dominus, a 7,000-case blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine seemed to show some green pepper notes in the nose, and tasted austere and tannic. It offers an impressive plum color as well as notes of blackberries, coffee, prunes, cedar, and herbs in the moderately intense aromatics.
The 1997 Dominus, a blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 4.5% Merlot, is showing fabulously well. With 14.1% alcohol and a pH that would make many New World oenologists shudder (about 3.95), this wine is a fleshy, silky-textured, opulent wine with a gorgeous nose of roasted herbs, coffee, jammy black cherry and plum-like fruit. Asian spice, licorice, and blackberry and cherry notes with tobacco spice all add to this complex, very gorgeously symmetrical Dominus. The wine is medium to full-bodied, very concentrated, and silky-textured. It is gorgeous to drink now, but should age easily for 10-15 years.
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