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.
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.
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+
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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).
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!
We were forced in to drinking this early, as we were stuck without any other options at the family's beach rental. A Target store was within reach to at least give us a quick trip to decent glassware. I tried to give it as much of a decant as possible into our glasses and left open in bottle for 5 hours and tasted over the next seven. Restrained on the nose, but typical elegant Dominus bouquet with cassis and violet. Nice in the mouth with a lovely licorice finish following cherry with hints of chocolate and spice. A bit short and the tannins are on the gritty side, further convincing me that drinking most vintages before the age of 10 is just too soon.
Tonight this wine was ripe and fruit forward. It had wonderful mouth feel. There were notes of chocolate, coffee, and some dark berries. It is still relatively young, but the tannins were well integrated. As with all great wines, the last taste was the best, and had me longing for more.
Decanted for 2 hours, and served with Grass Fed Filet Mignon, Asparagus and Sweet Potato. Blue Cheese Butter on the steaks combined with this wine were incredible. The subtle complexity of the wine was not lost on us, and each new bite of steak brought out a slightly different depth of the wine. It's my 2nd purchase of a $100+ wine, and it was well worth it.
This is an excellent vintage for Dominus; not a blockbuster but rather refined and very drinkable with lovely black and blue fruits and ripe, dusty tannins. Finishes complex with nice mineral notes. A tame and pretty Cali Cab that actually goes well with food!
This is one of the few times when I'll give James Suckling credit: he nailed this wine. This wine was full of iodine/salty essence that reminded me a bit of the scent of the ocean crashing against a jetty. There was a chalkiness and minerality not commonly found in red wine. Very intriguing. Would I pay >$100 to have it again? No. But I'm glad I did for the first try. A great thought-provoking wine - definitely NOT a typical california cab, as it had lean fruit, good grip, etc.
Blending 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, this delicious wine opens with an enticing perfume packed with chocolate, coffee bean, blackberries and truffle. On the palate, the wine is soft, silky, plush and structured to age. With so much ripe, juicy fruit, you can drink this now, or give it another 5 years. The wine was aged in 40% new, French oak for 16 months.
Muted in the first place as it was poped and poured, but showed up quite well after an hour plus in the glass. Has a pronounced alcohol nose with spices, liquorice, black cherry, dark chocolates, dried herbs, green olives notes, impressive as it does gives a very structure and steady feeling despite its pungent nature. Very silky on the palate that possess of fine, sweet tannins, wood spice, and various dark fruits. Good balance, weight and complexity and the hidden, high acidity provides the vital freshness to this heavy wine. Long finish that has some oaky vanilla and seductive black fruits/cocoa flavours.
I had this bottle in a blind heads up against a '03 Pichon Lalande. When first out of bottle, the nose was almost muted. But as the night progress it continued to evolve in the glass and it just got better and better. After two hours of decanting the wine opened up completely, and it showed bright pure Napa fruit while having the balance of Bordeaux at the same time. Truly an amazing wine. Loved it!
An impressive bottle, early maturity. Deep ruby. Nose dominated by cassis and leather, coffee, licorice. Powerful, ripe, perhaps a bit aggressively tannic. Long finish builds slowly, with layers of fruit and minerals.
Opened the bottle the night before and let it sit rather than decant it. Also had the '04 Hosanna. This was clearly more fruit forward than I am used to when drinking Dominus and definitely a very powerful wine. Some alcoholic heat on the finish.
Wow. Wonderful from the word jump. Gorgeous nose of black cherry, wet asphalt, and black licorice to start. Med - full bodied on the plate with some serious grip. As it opens it becomes more expressive, with fresh cut hay and leather joining the party along with a distinct note of dusty coco powder to it. Restrained and wonderful on the palate. Though it will age for years to come, this is very enjoyable with a healthy decant.
Dominus Seminar with Christian Moueix (Binny's Lincoln Park): Fragrant raspberry pancake syrup again. Lighter than the '08 by quite a bit in fact. Some nice red fruit, cotton candy and a touch of tutti frutti and bubble gum. Not as much minerals as the '08. Palate is a bit austere and spicy. finishes a little short. Lots of power but not the balance of the '08. Harder tannins and acid is elevated as well. Peppery and spicy baking spice. Not my favorite style of Dominus. Stemmy and a little austere for my palate.
Dominus: An Evening With Christian Moueix (Binnys Lincoln Park): Beautiful wine that is not as flawless as the 2008, but perhaps more interesting. It is brooding and moody at this youthful stage. Nose reveals red and black currant fruit, a very floral deep blossom note, forest floor, dusted notes and chocolate and plenty of earthiness. Slightly closed, opaque and definitely brooding here. I will call it vampiric! Tannins natually soft, but a little more noticeable than the 2008. Not as seamless, but just as complex and concentrated. Very long finish. Not ready to drink and not as deceivingly ready as the 08, but again it is a very interesting wine. Not perfect, but perhaps more attractive because of it.
A bit more evolved since my last bottle 2 years ago. Very, very nice - but still not great. I should have waited until 10 years vintage age.... It will probably be fantastic then. My own darn fault for not waiting.
After breathing downstaris the whole day, which was absolutely necessary, this wine finally came around. Very much an elegant Bordeaux-style with some nice black fruit. Ultimately IMO a good, perhaps "quite good" wine but not great.
Intense aromas of black cherry, with more focused black cherry on the palate. Nicely balanced, fresh and young, finishes with dry chalky tannins. This wine borders between fruit bomb and restrainment. Ultimately it comes off as a more elegant but still forward style of Napa Meritage. Vanilla oak is kept in check. Really nice wine, but it does not have that "Wow" factor.
Distinct long finish, complex yet perfectly balanced. Opened with rich character and expressive flavours of dark berry fruits and smooth tannins. Smooth yet full body with a touch of spice to match with a bold meal of lamb or dark meat.
California vs. Europe (Bordeaux blends) BLIND TASTING: The nose was initially really fresh with lots of sour cherries but it did show some prominent cabernet franc component (leafy) which made me think this was Kopar. Really good palate but extremely tannic, good finish. On the retaste ~1hour later this actually started tasting like an artificial fruit bomb. 90-91 (started like 91, but then it decreased to < 90). Guessed Kopar (second guess Dominus).
The nose is full of brooding dark cherries, cranberry and black tea. I appreciate a slight astringency that could come from a cool temperature. But overall, wow. The fruit/wood balance is perfect and the finish goes on forever.
Popped & poured, consumed over the course of dinner, alongside the 2007 Carpe Diem for comparison's sake. Inky garnet color. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, herbs and green tobacco. Full-bodied, with fine-grained tannins and flavors of cassis, dark fruit and plums. Long finish, picking up soft spice and earth qualities. Will be a gorgeous wine at full maturity.
A very nice showing, this is pure, relatively fresh, and expressive with loads of crushed plum, currant paste, black cherry and oak aromas. Nearly full bodied, and fleshy on the palate with good sweetness to the black fruit and espresso flavors. Drinking well young.
I've collected a bunch of these, based on their scores, sight unseen, and untasted... till now. Have 2005, 2006 and 2007 bottles in cellar.
I hope the 05 and 07 are much better. This 06 is just too full of oak and charcoal, completely drowns out the fruit. Sorry, not for me. Also, lots of bitter, like green or stems. Unfortunate for this bottle that I drank it with a 2006 Buoncristiani OPC, which had much nicer fruit and a lot less burnt muck.
I just cannot find anything attractive, nor artistic, about this level of over-oak, particularly just HUGE charcoal like this Dominus. To me there was some green fruit as well, which perhaps the oak can hide, but I just don't like this.
Some might say it's just too young, however I'm not one of them. I had an '05 Flinders Run and that was well young, yet delicious like veal. This Dominus was not in the same category. And I'd still feel that way at half the price. Damn... looks like I'll be giving away some as pres'ies..
Color me disappointed, but never fear, I'll leave the other bottles for a LONG time and hope it gets better. Sorry to be harsh... like this bottle.
NOTE: After 5 hours, it developed quite an attractive nose, which got my hopes up a bit, however, upon tasting the burnt forest slapped me back to reality. Whatever fruit I could smell was not able to come through on the palate... at all.
Really enjoyed this wine. Very Bordeaux like. But feel like I drank too early. Will be lovely in another few years. The nose was earthly and even hints of leather after a few more swirls the vanilla, cherries and currants were coming through. Had great complexities and balance. Definitely still a lot of tannins. Will age very nicely. Will put away my other bottles for a few years.
Decanted. Medium dark hue. Complex nose with mocha, cocoa and toast and dark berries lurking in the background. Red berries in the mouth give it a bright note to go with its pleasing acidity. The mineral finish helps give it an elegant style. Not a heavy wine.
Decanted for about 45 minutes but wine was still slightly "hot". After about 90 minutes, wine began to open up and got better from there. At 2 hours decanting, wine was enjoyable with more complex flavors. I would have given it a higher score but it is still too young. Hold or decant for at least 2 hours. Enjoyed over a dinner of Tri-tip.
Let the bottle decant for two hours and it really benefited from the additional air. The wine really opened up over the night and is a really great Dominus. It is full bodied with well integrated tannins and a long, full finish.
Big Red! (Sportsman's): Dark purple color. Sweet cherry nose. Tastes of blackberry, violet and mint. Tannic and chewy. Good balance. Charred oak finish with some green bell pepper. Why can't I embrace this wine? Ridiculously over priced for the quality.
Bordeaux Night (Binny's Grand Ave.): nose: real pungent and expressive nose of cedar, red currants, black currants, dark red cherries and some sour berries with a touch of cranberries. Great depth and showing off the skeleton of the wine right now
taste: tasty medium/full feel with big tannins and deep tones of cedar, anise, red currants, dark red cherries, and cranberries. Has a real polish to the tones underneath the tannins
overall: a real good young dominus. Very young, but the outline is there for something really good, but patience will be required. Has really good depth on both the nose and palate with a real sense of class to it
Quite Bordeaux in character. Deep color. Leather and spice on the nose. This is still young and rather lean right now. Rather aggressive in the mouth, but in a good way. Lots of grip. Excellent length. I like this quite a lot. An excellent red meat wine. Probably best to wait a couple years before drinking more. This wine should last for many, many years.
Dark purple and unctuous. Extremely expressive, gorgeous BDX nose: dark cherries, cassis, oregano, chocolate, toffee, graham cracker. In the mouth, a toasty start with peanut (?) character gives way to overwhelming chocolate and a bit of Syrah-like spice and bacon. The nose promised so much, but things fell apart and became one-dimensional in the mouth. This finishes hot and short. But I'm still thinking: What a nose!
87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot) is made in a riper, more California style than usual, displaying more exuberant, up-front notes of kirsch, black currants, and plums. Deep and full-bodied with low acidity, sweet tannin, and a fleshy, succulent personality, it tastes like a classic Napa Cabernet