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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 107 
TypeRed
ProducerDominus (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationEstate
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)636595107758

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2031 (based on 68 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Dominus Estate on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.6 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 137 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by RickyT12 on 6/18/2015 & rated 93 points: Splash decanted.
Ruby color
Nose is great.
Nice French nose aspects. Strawberry, cranberry, a bit of vegetable, cedar,lot of heat, but nice. A bit of heat, vanilla mixed with strawberry, cherry and chocolate mixed with baking chocolate. Acid a bit high, weight is light. Quite French in characteristics with a bit more heat. Nice wine, but I think it is in a bit of a weird transition phase. I would let it sit for another 3 or 4 years. (1546 views)
 Tasted by jamie24 on 5/24/2015 & rated 90 points: 4 hour decant. Decent enough wine but given the price/reputation I was a little underwhelmed. Nice, fruity bouquet on the nose but then a little too much oak on the palette and slightly harsh on the finish. I'll give my remaining bottles at least another 3 years before trying again. (2057 views)
 Tasted by philweird on 5/22/2015 & rated 94 points: Pop'n'Pour and consumed over an hour, this wine is as gorgeous as you would expect. I was surprised how accessible it was from the get go. I can't imagine it getting any better. (2135 views)
 Tasted by Doc90 on 4/7/2015 & rated 92 points: If this had been served blind, it would have been pretty easy to conclude it was a California Cabernet/Bordeaux blend given the strong oak and vanilla on the nose. The nose is very toasty as well, with notes of charred newspaper and graphite. Powerful, full bodied, spicy. Vanilla and mocha undertones. Dynamic. Spicy finish. I actually preferred the first wine (1998 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve), but this is undoubtedly good and was the better of the two for other people. (3512 views)
 Tasted by heythatslife on 4/4/2015 & rated 95 points: A rich, velvety core of black fruit, with graphite, earth, and cocoa. The depth of the nose is truly impressive. The balance is impeccable between the fruit, the tannins, and the acidity - this is heft without heaviness. It does bear some resemblance to a left-bank Bordeaux, although it is very approachable now after only 8 years. I'm sure it'll improve even more, but why wait? (3111 views)
 Tasted by InflationHedge on 3/20/2015 & rated 94 points: Yummy! Surprisingly approachable. PnP in Park City, was drinking beautifully. (3227 views)
 Tasted by BlueChip on 3/4/2015 & rated 93 points: Elegance in a glass. What a wine to start the night with but tough to compare to the pure Cabernet bruisers that we drank all night. A bit muted to open. Not expressive as expected. Very light and precise in the mouth. A thousand points of light that is still developing. More of a classic profile that has been made to be consumed with food. (3415 views)
 Tasted by cephomer on 2/27/2015 & rated 93 points: Bob Shap opened at his CO home. Deep ruby color, no signs of age. Aroma of black cherries. Medium bodied, fairly, but not cloyingly sweet fruit. Blackberries, cassis and lots of leather & coffee here. Not a blockbuster here; rather on the silky, elegant side. Drinking well right now but plenty of time for this wine to mature further. Enjoyable wine that was not our typical over-the-top, hot cab. (2907 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 11/9/2014 & rated 94 points: Second Sunday Group: 2007 California Cabs/blends (R&D's): Aromas of earth, black fruit, red currants and forest floor. Bordeaux ringer? Flavors of black and red fruits, forest floor, coffee and chocolate. Not Bordeaux but definitely made in the old world style. Long finish; nicely balanced. The most open and approachable of the wines in the lineup. I love it.

My #1, Domino's #1
Group #6, 67 pts (5504 views)
 Tasted by Wine Sparty on 8/21/2014 & rated 94 points: Popped and poured. Not a lot of detail, but this seemed to be in a good spot - still early in its drinking window, but definitely worthwhile to open. The fruit was pretty sweet on it, but not too much. Not a lot of oak presence or too tannic. Glad I drank it, but wish I had more. (6555 views)
 Tasted by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 7/25/2014 & rated 95 points: Awesome. Velvety. (6797 views)
 Tasted by uncle al on 7/17/2014 & rated 95 points: Excellent. Nice red clear color. Some fruit but very complex and smooth. A very well made wine (6245 views)
 Tasted by Justinwine on 6/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Still young. Delicious. (6650 views)
 Tasted by JulianSkeels on 6/14/2014 & rated 93 points: Nice wine with good promise. Opened up with 30mins in the glass. Not too tannic to drink now (got through a bottle in 45mins!). Agree with Jeff's descriptors below, although for me it lacks enough complexity to score that high. 93pts for now, with potential for up to 95 in time. (5146 views)
 Tasted by webbaker on 5/9/2014 & rated 93 points: Decant about 4 hours, consumed over the next 24. Typical Dominus style leaning towards aromatics. I found the fruit a bit lacking. I expected a much bigger wine at this price point. I'm a little disappointed. Still, a well made wine and clearly hitting the mark on the style they want. If you are looking for something fruit forward, this won't be your cup of tea. (4714 views)
 Tasted by TCepeda on 4/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Outstanding ! (3946 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 4/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for 2 hours. Nose of blackberry, currant, blueberry, violet, mocha and cedar. Blackberry, blueberry, cassis, leather and fine, persistent tannins lead to a long, velvety smooth finish. Full bodied with a rich, dense texture. Paired with filet Béarnaise. (4136 views)
 Tasted by chitownmb on 4/24/2014 & rated 91 points: Smooth, soft, and rich, nice fruit - not too big (3838 views)
 Tasted by Hawkeyes99 on 3/16/2014 & rated 94 points: Fabulous. Years to go. (4826 views)
 Tasted by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 2/28/2014 & rated 94 points: Popped and poured. Very nice nose. Tannins decreasing and getting softer. Red cherry candy. Like a Bordeaux. Raspberry? Well balanced and silly smooth. Complemented nicely the Brazilian Churasco meat. (4910 views)
 Tasted by randypapa on 1/27/2014 & rated 95 points: soft and silky in the mouth and just a perfect balance of fruit and structure. the best wine i've had in a long time. open and decanted for 4 plus hours (5336 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 1/25/2014 & rated 88 points: Deep ruby color. Quite fumy on the nose, which is otherwise pleasantly primary and oaky. Dusty tannins, more heat on the palate. Even with prolonged air, the volatility pulls this out of balance. I'd prefer a young Caymus if forced to drink something with this boozy profile, it just doesn't work very well at all in this wine, especially for the price. Dominus seems to play odd games with the abv number on their label (an improbably low 14.1% in this case). (5128 views)
 Tasted by OmiyaDrinker on 1/5/2014 & rated 93 points: Very dark. Black fruit, blackcurrant, metal, leather. Turbo charged fruit through the mid-palate. Classy with nice tobacco and superb dusty tannins on the finish. Cedar on the back. (5293 views)
 Tasted by MarkMich on 12/25/2013 & rated 95 points: Slight improvement over the bottle I had 2 years ago. Enjoyed with Christmas tenderloin. Wine of the night. I will try to keep my hands off the last two bottles so that I can see what these do. Great wine! (4570 views)
 Tasted by RickyT12 on 12/15/2013 & rated 95 points: Decanted for 1 hr. Tobacco, chocolate, raspberry, great floral nose. Delicious flavors, big flavors, blackberry flavors. Very velvety mouth feel. Great medium acid. Hand cream nose. Great stuff. Very vibrant and powerful. This thing could have amazing potential. Looking forward to trying in 5 years from now. Good for another 15-20 years. (4978 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/24/2013)
(Dominus Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Linda Murphy
JancisRobinson.com (12/22/2010)
(Dominus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.
i-WineReview.com, California Selections 2010 (9/30/2010)
(Dominus Estate Proprieary Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
(Dominus Estate Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
(Dominus Estate Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/21/2011)
(Dominus Estate) Very dark red violet color; plush, berry, beets, herbaceous nose; plush, rich, cassis, ripe plum palate; medium-plus finish  92 points
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Dominus

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2007 Dominus Estate

The 2007 vintage began dry with some very cold days and single-digit nighttime temperatures in early January, and continued dry, with about 60% of normal precipitation through the spring. Temperatures were warmer than normal in April and May with resulting earlier budding, bloom and set. The summer growing season continued on the mild to cool side. There was a brief period of heat that spiked to 103°F on August 29th, but the temperatures cooled after several days. Clusters, as well as individual berries on the clusters were notably small and nicely concentrated in all varieties due to the dry season.

Beginning date of harvest: September 11
Final date of harvest: October 5
Percentage of new barrels: 40%
Time in barrels: 18 months
Bottling date: June 2009
9-liter cases produced: 5000
Release date: June 2010

94% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% 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.

Estate

In the United States, "Wines with “estate bottled” designations must: a) also designate an appellation of origin or an AVA, and both the vineyards and the winery must be located there; b) the grapes must come from vineyards owned or controlled by the winery; and c) the wine must have been produced, from crush to bottle, in a continuous process without leaving the winery’s premises."

- WINE LABEL FAQS: A QUICK SUMMARY OF LABEL DESIGNATION RULES" by David E. Stoll

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley Wineries and Wine (Napa Valley Vintners) | Article in CellarTracker

Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA

 
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