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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 298 
ProducerDominus (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)636595107758, 636595196752

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2031 (based on 75 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 152 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by sjdoc on 1/12/2016 & rated 98 points: Probably the 5th time I have had this vintage. Tonight it lived up to its 98 point Parker score. I had with Mexican food, so certainly not the atmosphere making it better. Dark cherry, full bodied, with long tannins. I believe I have been drinking this too early. (2392 views)
 Tasted by recotte on 12/26/2015: Still showing quite youthful, even after a two hour decant. Fine tannins drive a velvety mouthfeel, with mocha, cedar and currants in the palate. Will avoid opening my remaining bottle for 5-10 years. (1912 views)
 Tasted by Tompa71 on 10/11/2015 & rated 92 points: Earth, cellar, plum, a lot of nuances on the nose. At first the tannins was not so present but after a while they where dominant. It could easily be stored another 10 years. (3261 views)
 Tasted by StraightnoChaser on 10/11/2015 & rated 93 points: For my Dad on his 80th. Soft, feminine, Bordeaux style that is as smooth as it gets. Tannins have receded giving way to plum/cherry and mild leather notes. Not as impressive as I was expecting. 3 bottles left so maybe a few years more will improve it. (3933 views)
 Tasted by Superjack29 on 9/16/2015 flawed bottle: Corked (4213 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 9/15/2015 & rated 94 points: A private dinner (Restaurant Tennerhof, Kitzbühel, Austria): The 2007 vintage is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot, aged in 40% new oak, 5,000 cases produced. Pristine bottle, decanted for two hours before serving. Quite a youthful appearance, purple core, good saturation but not black, only the slightest browning at the edges; complex nose, blackcurrants and ripe red berries, cedar, very perfumed, violets, earth and spices, lovely depth and warmth, no noticeable oak, hint of mint; a classic and elegant Cabernet structure with ripe and creamy Napa fruit ladled on top of it, perfect oak integration, ripe oak tannins, seamless and supple, full and rounded (14% ABV) but without excess or heat; complete finish, very good length. Drinking beautifully and should stay on its plateau of maturity for 10-15 years. (4009 views)
 Tasted by Romol on 8/18/2015 & rated 95 points: Decanted 3 hours. Very impressive raspberry nose. Still Young but already delicious. Will only get better. 95+ pts. now. (4159 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 8/15/2015 & rated 93 points: Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for two hours. Aromatic nose of blackberry, cassis, violets, mocha, forest floor and spice. A black fruit core integrated with notes of cocoa powder, cedar and spice on the palate. Leads to a long, soft, dry finish. Full bodied with a rich texture. Paired well with filet béarnaise. (2651 views)
 Tasted by Dehrmann on 7/29/2015 & rated 91 points: Manu & Georges mercato (3536 views)
 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. (3901 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. (3754 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. (3753 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. (4798 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? (4144 views)
 Tasted by InflationHedge on 3/20/2015 & rated 94 points: Yummy! Surprisingly approachable. PnP in Park City, was drinking beautifully. (4055 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. (4140 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. (3642 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 (6153 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. (7009 views)
 Tasted by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 7/25/2014 & rated 95 points: Awesome. Velvety. (7361 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 (6708 views)
 Tasted by Justinwine on 6/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Still young. Delicious. (7069 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. (5564 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. (5118 views)
 Tasted by TCepeda on 4/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Outstanding ! (4338 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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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.


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."



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Napa Valley

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2013 Vintage Notes:
"Napa Valley and virtually all of the North Coast of California (which obviously includes Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well) has been on a qualitative tear since 2012. 2012 was a great vintage for nearly every varietal in North Coast California, but what is even more remarkable is that 2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years. It's a game-changer in terms of the consistency of quality, the depth of quality, and the across-the-board excellence for so many wines." - Robert Parker

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