Dominus Estate

Dominus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.2187 ratings
9.034 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Pungent Cheese, Herbs, Salami & Prosciutto, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Onion, Beans & Peas
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9.4

The 2011 Dominus is a bold, powerful wine. It opens with a huge bouquet redolent of dried herbs, licorice, spice, tobacco and espresso. Relative to most vintages of Dominus, the 2011 is a bit light, but compared to most wines of the year, it is pretty big! The cool, savory notes that are typical of the year are present, but not dominant, while the 2011 is marked by a distinctly red fruit profile. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022)

The 2011 Dominus is a bold, powerful wine. It opens with a huge bouquet redolent of dried herbs, licorice, spice, tobacco and espresso. Relative to most vintages of Dominus, the 2011 is a bit light, but compared to most wines of the year, it is pretty big! The cool, savory notes that are typical of the year are present, but not dominant, while the 2011 is marked by a distinctly red fruit profile. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022)

May 20th, 2022
Julia Cochran

Manager/Buyer The Wine Club-Santa Clara

8.5

Young and awkward now but lots of potential from an "off" vintage.

Young and awkward now but lots of potential from an "off" vintage.

5 people found it helpfulOct 5th, 2014
Rebekah Wineburg

Winemaker Buccella Wines

8.4

In an awkward stage?

In an awkward stage?

1 person found it helpfulJan 13th, 2015
Big Bob Dillon aka G-Somm

Too young , not showing well

Too young , not showing well

1 person found it helpfulSep 3rd, 2014
Mike R
9.3

Ok I have been a little under the weather so just posting from this weekend and this was good to great but just not as good as the 10 and 12 and 13 is better but still loved it and gave me a smiley

Ok I have been a little under the weather so just posting from this weekend and this was good to great but just not as good as the 10 and 12 and 13 is better but still loved it and gave me a smiley

Dec 19th, 2016
Kevin Ortzman

Red raspberry on he nose with a leather and tobacco finish

Red raspberry on he nose with a leather and tobacco finish

Jul 20th, 2016
Riccardo L.

Herbal, menthol, smoke, barrel, licorice and forest berries. What an impressive mixture of flavours! What a tour de force to pull off a wine like this on an off-year in Napa. So good.

Herbal, menthol, smoke, barrel, licorice and forest berries. What an impressive mixture of flavours! What a tour de force to pull off a wine like this on an off-year in Napa. So good.

Oct 19th, 2015
R. Addison Wehrfritz

'11 Dominus is like a teenage girl, moody and unpredictable

'11 Dominus is like a teenage girl, moody and unpredictable

Jul 10th, 2015
R. Addison Wehrfritz

2011 was a dark and wet vintage for Napa. This may explain the palpable tension that currently permeates this opulent, rich, yet nonetheless lacking red blend. With a gentle spin of your glass, tanned leather and dark fruit aromas are carried upward on a wave of ethanol vapor. This wave comes crashing down with a cheek grippingly sour finish that may convince you to give this vintage some time to mature.

2011 was a dark and wet vintage for Napa. This may explain the palpable tension that currently permeates this opulent, rich, yet nonetheless lacking red blend. With a gentle spin of your glass, tanned leather and dark fruit aromas are carried upward on a wave of ethanol vapor. This wave comes crashing down with a cheek grippingly sour finish that may convince you to give this vintage some time to mature.

Apr 10th, 2015
Alex Powell

Excellent napa cab, more classic than a good many bordeaux, with richness, structure and complexity to match most at the $200 mark as well. Lovely graphite, tilled earth, spruce and tobacco nose, refined cassis in background. Very elegant, mineral and long on the palate. 2011 vintage.

Excellent napa cab, more classic than a good many bordeaux, with richness, structure and complexity to match most at the $200 mark as well. Lovely graphite, tilled earth, spruce and tobacco nose, refined cassis in background. Very elegant, mineral and long on the palate. 2011 vintage.

Mar 29th, 2015