- Dominus Estate
- Napa Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc / Petit Verdot
- 2022 - 2050
- Case size
Antonio Galloni, December 2016,
A big, explosive wine, the 2015 Dominus is racy, powerful and sensual. There is plenty of tannic heft underpinning the dark fruit. Today, the 2015 is remarkably youthful and primary, but it offers terrific depth, if not quite the visceral thrill of the very best years. Today, the differences between the two wines are not that marked, but that will probably come into focus over time. The Dominus has a bit more depth and intensity through the mid-palate than the Napanook, with soft, silky tannins that round out the gracious finish and an element of exoticism that is impossible to miss. 92-95/100
Wine Advocate, October 2017,
Bottled in July 2017 and composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the Dominus 2015 Proprietary Red Wine leaps from the glass with notes of fresh wild blueberries, crushed blackberries and black currant juice with touches of wild thyme, underbrush, iron ore and aniseed with wafts of lavender and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has incredible energy and vivacity, with the firm, pixelated tannins and lively backbone skillfully framing the muscular fruit, finishing with wonderful length and depth. 2019-2055 Lisa Perrotti-Brown
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.