The 2014 Dominus is endowed with tons of depth, power and muscle. Black cherry, plum, smoke, menthol, licorice, chocolate, dried herbs and dark spices are all pushed forward. Deep, pliant and exquisitely layered, the 2014 possesses tons of concentration and mid-palate depth. Like so many wines in this vintage, the 2014 comes across as a hybrid of 2013 and 2012. I very much like the energy and focus in this wine. This is a fabulous wine in every way. With time in the glass, the flavors gain in brightness and focus. There is certainly much to look forward to. Drink 2023-2036
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.