Dominus Estate

Dominus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.32734 ratings
9.2607 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Matt Lasater

The perceived ripeness of fruit and level of suave tannin here was surprising to me. An 88’ a couple of years ago was so elegant and finessed where this showed a surprising level of concentration. That said, beautifully mature wine, its tannins have softened immensely and wrap the mouth, silky and soft. To tertiary, earth driven, behind a bit of dried berry, currant, and plum fruit laid pipe tobacco, peat, pipe smoke, dusty earth, dried flowers, worn leather.

The perceived ripeness of fruit and level of suave tannin here was surprising to me. An 88’ a couple of years ago was so elegant and finessed where this showed a surprising level of concentration. That said, beautifully mature wine, its tannins have softened immensely and wrap the mouth, silky and soft. To tertiary, earth driven, behind a bit of dried berry, currant, and plum fruit laid pipe tobacco, peat, pipe smoke, dusty earth, dried flowers, worn leather.

Sep 1st, 2019
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9.4

Bright, full ruby-red. Highly complex, thoroughly ripe scents of black raspberry, cassis, dark plum, tar, tobacco, mocha and minerals, lifted by a violet topnote. Wonderfully suave and fine-grained but still quite youthful, spreading out to coat the palate without leaving any undue impression of weight. Shows a distinct black cherry medicinal reserve. This very smooth wine finishes with a broad dusting of ripe tannins and steadily building length. Approachable now owing to its successfully integrated acidity and tannins, but I'd rather give this beauty a bit more time in the cellar. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2019)

Bright, full ruby-red. Highly complex, thoroughly ripe scents of black raspberry, cassis, dark plum, tar, tobacco, mocha and minerals, lifted by a violet topnote. Wonderfully suave and fine-grained but still quite youthful, spreading out to coat the palate without leaving any undue impression of weight. Shows a distinct black cherry medicinal reserve. This very smooth wine finishes with a broad dusting of ripe tannins and steadily building length. Approachable now owing to its successfully integrated acidity and tannins, but I'd rather give this beauty a bit more time in the cellar. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2019)

Aug 29th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Nice dark currants, silky texture but, a lean Dominus at this point. Lots of blackberries, dark cherries and grippy earthiness. Definitely, wait for better thinks down the road.

Nice dark currants, silky texture but, a lean Dominus at this point. Lots of blackberries, dark cherries and grippy earthiness. Definitely, wait for better thinks down the road.

Aug 17th, 2019
Mike R
9.5

Loved it WNH Iowa and Saturday night

Loved it WNH Iowa and Saturday night

May 25th, 2019
Bill Bender

Showing very well. Slight fruit fade but still really vivacious. Red licorice, clove and cassis.

Showing very well. Slight fruit fade but still really vivacious. Red licorice, clove and cassis.

May 19th, 2019
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.2

1989 Bordeaux PNV Retrospective at Larkmead. Ringer! Purported itself very well. Pretty perfume, hint of capsicum. Cedar. Warm. Coffee.

1989 Bordeaux PNV Retrospective at Larkmead. Ringer! Purported itself very well. Pretty perfume, hint of capsicum. Cedar. Warm. Coffee.

Feb 25th, 2019
Andrew Steffensmeier

Very nice balanced and open wine.

Very nice balanced and open wine.

Jan 23rd, 2019
Rob Brobst III

💥 drink now or hold for 20 more years 🤷🏽‍♂️

💥 drink now or hold for 20 more years 🤷🏽‍♂️

Jan 22nd, 2019
Tor Kenward

Stylish balanced well made with restraint

Stylish balanced well made with restraint

Jan 16th, 2019