Colour: Deep cherry colour
Aroma: Black cherry, plum, smoke, menthol, licorice, chocolate, dried herbs and dark spices are all pushed forward.
Palate: Deep, pliant and exquisitely layered, the wine possesses tons of concentration and mid-palate depth.
Grape Varieties: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot , 7% Cabernet Franc.
Awards: 98pts – James Suckling; 88pts – Wine Spectator; 97pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
Sexy and subtle austerity. Alluring. Very approachable now but better in 2021 – James Suckling
Effortless drinking leaving you wanting more. This young elegant Napa doesn’t lose any finesse. Best decanted for 1-3 hours, the first sip gives a palette of pure fruit and vanilla tannins while layers build after each subsequent sip and over time as the wine opens.
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.