Colour: Crimson colour
Aroma: Flavors of green grass, cassis, berries and currants on a lasting harmony alongside whiffs of snuff, tobacco, mineral ink and pencil lead aromas.
Palate: Medium to full bodied, with sweet, earthy, ripe black cherry, cassis and cocoa, there is a bit of dryness and hint of olive and herbs in the finish.
Grape Varieties: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot , 5% Cabernet Franc.
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.
History of Dominus Estate
Since its inaugural vintage in 1983, the wines of Dominus Estate have been crafted in a traditional and terroir-driven style by the luminous Christian Moueix of Petrus fame. Unable to pass up the chance to make what he called the “”Haut-Brion of Napa””, Moueix came to own the legendary Napanook Vineyard through a partnership with and eventual buyout of Robin Lail and Marcia Smith, the daughters of John Daniel of Inglenook Winery.
Moueix eschews irrigation, acidification, and the heavy usage of oak (18 months in French barrels with only 1/3 new) common amongst his Napa colleagues. The 124 acre property Dominus Estate vineyard consists of 3 unique soil types; gravel based volcanic soil, clay and loam on a rolling terroir. That blend of terroir is a large part of gives the wines of Dominus Estate their unique, elegant, refined style.