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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 105 
ProducerDominus (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)636595106157, 636595106751

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2027 (based on 55 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Dominus Estate on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.6 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 161 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by JonnyG on 2/28/2015 & rated 94 points: A Matter of Taste: London Edition (Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea): A warm, straightforward nose showing its youth; in fact, sort of in a dumb phase (aromatics will develop with time, one suspects); the purity and concentration show but it comes off as one-dimensional, for the moment only I think. (2709 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/28/2015 & rated 94 points: Tasted a leftover from a bottle which was open for about 4 hours and it was beautiful. The bouquet is beautifully classical with dark forest fruits and a beautiful dose of oak. Same on the palate with good acidity and soft tannin. The wine is in its early maturity stage now and will probably show even a bit more of its finesse and complexity after a few more years of ageing. (2238 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 2/28/2015 & rated 88 points: A Matter of Taste: London Edition (Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea): Is it in it's "dumb phase" or just not very good? - At the moment it is in the not very good phase, maybe other people are right and this will get better with time. (2454 views)
 Tasted by tgkswine on 12/25/2014 & rated 89 points: This wine just seems a bit green and closed off still. If we had decanted and held off on it we could have let it open up to see what it has. (3041 views)
 Tasted by ctjared on 12/18/2014: easy drinking, but not terribly complex. short to medium finish. (3142 views)
 Tasted by Nicholas81 on 11/22/2014 & rated 91 points: Dominus Masterclass (Robert Parker's Matter of Taste, Singapore) (Singapore Art Museum): Very tannic, still somewhat closed and reticent. Structure and fruit all present. Tannins large, mouth coating and very viscous. Finish moderately long. Slightly bitter. Large gobs of bright red and dark fruits. (1659 views)
 Tasted by pavel_p on 11/22/2014 & rated 92 points: Dominus Master Class - A matter of taste (Singapore): A bit closed and in a slightly awkward place. More oak than the 01/02 but not showing more fruit. Currently lacks a bit expression and very different to the still rather primary 08. According to EM this is 91% CS, 6% CF and 3% PV. Would hold. 92+ (2713 views)
 Tasted by etyc on 11/22/2014: "Matter of Taste" - Dominus Masterclass (Singapore Art Museum Glass House): Not much of a nose, just a slight whiff of flowers. Dark-fruited. Less intensity and concentration than the '02 but it seemed to "fan out" more on the palate. Also very fresh and bright. Powdery tannins. Quite long. (2895 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 11/22/2014 & rated 96 points: Dominus Master Class - A matter of taste (Singapore): Dark purple. Expressive nose of dark fruit, eucalyptus, earthy and forresty notes. On the palate this is deep and structured with lots of layers. The tannins need more time but they are very creamy. This was like the 02, with more backbone than the sweeter vintages. I like this style much better. Wait till 2016. (3035 views)
 Tasted by rpenn77 on 11/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Good fruit but tannins were still a little prominent (1745 views)
 Tasted by perlasteve on 11/2/2014 & rated 96 points: Steph, Perla. The Harvest Vine , Seattle, varieties of tapas. This wine was absolutely delicious, smooth, right balance of fruit and savory, tannin, low acidity and alcohol. medium finish. Benefited from venturi 1 - 2 hours before drinking. Structured to last a number more years. (1858 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 10/21/2014 & rated 97 points: Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting (City Walk @ Metreon, San Francisco, CA): Old school nose with eucalyptus, slight vegetal, but great fruit; palate is full bodied, dense blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, still young but excellent. Long finish. This is everything I look for in a california cabernet. 97-98 (2432 views)
 Tasted by LFCHALA on 10/5/2014 & rated 94 points: Powerful. Fruit at the right point. Structure for aging. (2300 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 9/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Young but full of elegance and charm. Rich yet balanced, the oak is in assimilation mode but the wine owns the oak her and it has a lot of depth and a solid core fruit to carry it many summers more. Just be patient here and the master will deliver. Needs 5yrs more. (2578 views)
 Tasted by sandwich on 9/19/2014 & rated 94 points: Old world style. Tasted blind, this would easily be confused with a classic Bordeaux. Graphite, lead, dark fruits and a mid-length finish. This has a long long life ahead of it but it is drinking so well now. (2295 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 7/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Filling in w/the Friday Brown Bag Group (Mike & Judi's): Dark color. Cassis, vanilla, currant and violet notes. Flavors of dark fruit and vanilla, a little light through the midpalate with plenty of red fruit driving the finish. The alcohol shows just a bit, also some oak and floral notes. Flavors of black currants, chocolate and cassis liqueur. Finishes with red fruit and chocolate notes. Guessed 2007 Cab. (3457 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 5/30/2014: very pleasing bottle, nice fruit with some mature characteristisc, earthy & complex. drinks well now (3674 views)
 Tasted by Productman on 5/4/2014 & rated 95 points: Drinking very nicely. Classic old world in style - close to a good left bank Bordeaux with a little extra vanilla and strawberry. Don't misunderstand - not at all sweet - very subtle. Nice smooth tannins. Good balance. (3253 views)
 Tasted by Janstan on 5/4/2014 & rated 92 points: Sweet creme de cassis, high alc. noticeable at first, vanilla. Had with grilled NY strip steaks (3618 views)
 Tasted by HowardNZ on 4/17/2014 & rated 93 points: Billecart-Salmon Champagne, Burgundies, Rhones, Bordeaux etc with Sebastien, Brandon and Maciej (Museum Hotel, Wellington): Colour primary red purple. On bouquet, very primary nose of Cabernet Sauvignon aromas: crème de cassis, graphite, spice and liquorice. Also, toasty, vanilla oak. On palate, rich, sweet entry and dense mid palate. Serious structure and velvety, sweet tannins. Flavours of dark berries, liquorice and a touch of dark chocolate. Appropriate levels of acidity, with back palate intensity and good length, finishing with some minerality. Oak present on palate but not, for me, overdone. 93. Everyone but Brandon picks this as Old World (Bordeaux, Spain, Madiran etc), who has it as US and does a victory dance on the reveal! (3721 views)
 Tasted by Marquis du Vin on 4/5/2014 & rated 94 points: Had tonight at Capital Grille with Porterhouse... 1.5 hours in the decanter she opened up and did not disappoint. Worth EVERY penny! This wine was fantastic! Bold, concentrated full of fruit block buster. The Cabernet is silky and strong, great legs showing on the glass, finish was superb. Very different than the Opus, but in a good way. Looking forward to consuming my Dominus wines over the years to come. (2367 views)
 Tasted by SonnyChiba on 4/5/2014 & rated 95 points: 3rd time trying. Always great, but this was the best showing. Beautiful bouquet of black fruits and green pepper notes. Great structure and ready to go for a bit longer. Currants, tobacco, Bordeaux style. Excellent transition into the finish. Almost up there with the 07' but not quite. Still, I love it. 95pts (2870 views)
 Tasted by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 4/4/2014 & rated 95 points: Decanted for 30 minutes before drinking. Inky blackish purple in color. Black and other dark fruit on the nose. Smooth mouthfeel and finish that got smoother and smoother as time went on. Sweet, dark fruit flavors - delicious! Great taste nice I've come to expect from this wine. (2447 views)
 Tasted by Tarrant on 2/15/2014 & rated 94 points: Amazing Cali Cab, not much more needs to be said, this was outstanding - Dark, full bodied with a nose of black fruit, plum, cigar box, spice and vanilla, amazing balance and structure, sweet, smooth, on the palate with extraordinary length, amazing! (94 Points). (3022 views)
 Tasted by KPB on 2/2/2014 & rated 90 points: A bit overoaked for me, but probably the WOTN for others at this dinner. Very vanilla on the nose with coffee and chocolate notes. Warm and friendly; a welcoming wine that you want to enjoy, but not challenging. Good acid structure, soft tannins. Drink up! (2898 views)
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2006 Dominus Estate

91% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Cabernet Franc
3% Petit Verdot

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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