Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years.
In the late 1960s, while attending the university of California, Christian Moueix fell in love with the Napa valley and its wines. Although he returned to Bordeaux to manage the family vineyards, including Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus and Trotanoy, his love of the Napa valley lingered and in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name ‘Dominus’ to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land. This dedication has borne spectacular results. The wines themselves are a beguiling combination of old world knowledge and new world potential, elevating good vintages to great heights and great vintages to mesmerising levels. Invariably these are some of the most complex, compelling and complete wines produced in Napa.
This small town north of San Francisco has grown up to be one of California’s most famous wine regions. It is home to opulent Cabernets and sweetly-spiced Zinfandels, grown across many sub-regions including Stags Leap, Rutherford, Oakville and others. Cooling ocean fogs roll in from the Pacific at night and burn off in the summer sunshine, keeping the region cooler than you would expect for its latitude, and help produce some of the best Californian wines. Napa wines have the concentration and structure to age magnificently.