Dominus Premier 2010
Graceful and refined, offering a subtle mix of delicate Cabernet flavors, with dried currant, cherry, herb, cedar, cigar box and graphite notes, ending with smooth, integrated tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024.Add winemaker's notes
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Graceful and refined, offering a subtle mix of delicate Cabernet flavors, with dried currant, cherry, herb, cedar, cigar box and graphite notes, ending with smooth, integrated tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024.
Bright, full ruby. High-pitched aromas of cassis, blackberry and dark chocolate, with more medicinal bitter cherry and mesquite notes emerging with aeration. Rich but youthfully tight, conveying an impression of brooding power. This very dense wine is actually creamy and wonderfully fine-grained in the middle but comes across as quite firm and bracing owing to its sharp definition and restrained sweetness. Communicates an impression of very even fruit ripeness. Finishes with terrific mineral-driven length. Built for long aging: will this eventually surpass the outstanding 2009 bottling?
Composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the stunning, full-bodied 2010 Dominus boasts an exceptional perfume of hoisin sauce, licorice, underbrush, forest floor, plums, black currants and jammy cherries intertwined with hints of cedar, baking spices and oak. Full-bodied and voluptuously textured, the 2010 is on a slightly faster evolutionary track than the 2009 (somewhat of an anomaly for these two vintages). This exquisite as well as prodigious 2010 can be drunk young, but it should age effortlessly for 20–25 years. Bravo!
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. Anticipated maturity: 2020–2035.
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.
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.
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.
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