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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
96-97+. This is excellent, and reminds me why I like Dominus so much. As many have pointed out, very Bordeaux style, but also has a lot of that napa valley rich cabernet power. Great elegant version of the 2 regions. Striking nose that reminded me of a powdered sugar jelly doughnut, on the palate - Blackberry, red licorice, followed by a stone/mineral flavor, and perfectly balanced rich finish. This wine has it all and then some - exactly how I like them. I anticipate a possible perfect score after some more time in the bottle. Try again 2017.
Decanted this time, 3 hours. Dark fruit nose is still a bit restrained, but did show peeks of light anise, wet leather, soy and spice. Tannins beginning to round at the edges, but still prominent. Delicious.
Decanted 3 hours prior to drinking. Its all there and wonderful already but, the '91 drank side by side, made this seem pretty younthful yet. If you have 3 or more its fine to open and enjoy one now. However, don't drink this next to the fully realized outstanding '91 though because its very obvious this wine is going be even greater with another 10yrs plus on it. By itself, absent the presense of the '91, I would likely be more wowed still and score this higher today. A '91 in the making for sure. Classic Dominus in the making and a benchmark BDX blend from CA.
A monumental tour de force at such a young age. This wine is bursting with deep, dark fruit noir and has a finish which lasts for at least a minute. This Napa beauty is going to benefit from another five to ten years in the cellar but you can pull it out anytime from now on and you won't be disappointed.
Wow, wow, wow. Based on the other tasting notes, I knew this was going to need a big decant. Right out of the bottle, the nose was already pretty....subduded with dark, dark fruit notes. I tried a sip and yes, it is tight/gripping. I began a 9 hour decant....occasionally shaking it quite violently. It was worth the wait. Nose of dark fruit, licorice, eucalyptus, leather, cassis, soy....amazing....it kept changing. The complexity of this wine is mind boggling. The palate was silky...wonderfully silky. Long finish that only continued to get better the longer it sat in my glass.
Dominus is the onlyNapa cab of which I know that consistently builds Old World wines reminscent of Bordeaux. The nose, lacking Bordeaux earthiness, is expressive with black fruit, leather and eqrth with only hints of its Napa roots coming in with eucalyptus or mint. The mouth feel is seductive, and givenits youth the acid and tannins are in balance. Flavors are cassis, black plum, leather and dark wet earth. A caution, though, is that i worked at getting this wine to open up. Decanted at noon, it was tight and rough. By late afternoon, it remained the same. I splashed it between two decanters eight or ten times then let it be for two more hours before dinner. Then it was a beauty. I am going to wait as this wine will, I think, develop great depth and tertiary flavors over the next ten to twenty years.
This is one of the top three wines I have ever had. I decanted for over three hours and while swirling the first glass on the table, I could smell the explosive bouquet hit my nose.
I could literally sit and smell this wine for days. Powerful and beautiful notes of blueberries, pomegranate seeds, chocolate dust, leather, spice and a hint of ripe strawberries.
The initial taste was red cassis, with hints of strawberry that moved into a sweet/tangy cherry mid-palate and it finished with plumb and spices.
The most amazing thing about this wine was it's mouthfeel. To say this wine was pure silk is still not doing it justice. It was the smoothest and most balanced wine I have ever had. Hopefully someday I will get a chance to enjoy another bottle.
My goodness that was lovely. A truly sensational and sublime wine drinking experience. Opened at 9:30 AM and drank after a day at the beach around 5 PM. Perfect fruit, balance, harmony, purity, etc...Fill in your own adjective really as there is not one iota of a flaw anywhere to be found. Heard the 08 is supposedly even better so I think I'll purchase a few more, price be damned. I'm all in.
The Dominus started slowly. She didn't want to give up her charms behind her 'ruby' slippers. It took hours (I popped it at 5:45; we finished after 11PM.) She was slowly revealing her silky, sweet black fruits, vanilla, dill, cassis, pepperonchini pepper, and anise. That was just her bouquet. The palate was revealed just as slowly, starting with red fruits on a rather thin mouthfeel and gripping tannins. As the evening marched on, the mouthfeel became more viscous and started to coat the mouth. She started revealing green pepper, and layers and layers of deep, black fruit, vanilla, hints of smoke. This is just a baby. I have one more left that I won't touch for at least 5 years. Wish I had a few more.
I don’t know what Parker was drinking when he gave this a 98, this wine either needs a lot more time in the bottle or its just disjointed. Very difficult to score. Rather herbal at times, tannic.
This wine feels like it’s still an infant…aromas of muted fruit and the heat of alcohol, more of the same on the palate. Could not coax much fruit out of this wine. Don’t know what’s going on here, maybe it is in a dumb phase. This wine reminded me of the ’98 Las Cases I drank last year… see my review.
Deep ruby color, excellent nose almost like nice perfume!!! Very defined and absolutely ready to drink out of the bottle. No tastes of tannins or acidity. Wish someone out there would sell me another case. Definitely probably the best Dominus in the past few years!!!
Decanted for 4 four hours and was not enough. My 7 year old said it smelled like hot dogs.....so much for the wisdom of youth. The bouquet is full of red fruit, vanilla and a little alcohol. This is a beautiful bottle that has years to go. Drinkable now but I would wait for another 3 year to try again. This may gain a couple more points....could be great.
Decanted for 3+ hours at our wedding. The nose is incredibly refined. Crushed flowers dominate and seduce. On the palette, it is as focused as a young second-growth Bordeaux (very reminiscent of the 2005 Grand Puy Lacoste we had this summer). I will search out more to have anniversary keepsakes...well worth the price, especially, I think, if one is patient.
Decanted and drank soon after. Medium weight and body. Nice dark fruit with some grip to it. Otherwise, an elegant and subtle yet still multi-layered wine. Enjoyed with frineds and paired with Creole. Will not blow you away, but won't leave you disappointed either.
Ruby in the glass with long, persistent legs. Nose was not too expressive with earthy notes predominant. Palate contains ripe black fruit that stars but doesn't hit you over the head, cedar, and licorice in an old-world style. The body and texture are what's memorable in this wine. It has a creamy, silky texture with no hard edges. Everything is seamlessly integrated with fine tannins. Finish is long.
This beautiful, powerful, sensuous Cabernet Sauvignon wine was produced from a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon along with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Pungent scents of boysenberry, blackberry jam, coffee bean, licorice, tobacco leaf, earth and spice, lead to a concentrated, supple, rich and harmonious wine that can be enjoyed in its youth for its fruit forward quality, or aged to maturity. This is a strong vintage for Dominus.
Pop & pour at restaurant; no decant... beautiful fruit forward nose, but thin mouthfeel and short-lived finish. I fault myself for no decant and no possibility for wine to aerate properly, but must admit that, even given my foibles, I expected a bit more. Hopefully bottle age will evolve further complexity.
Nose is elegant, perfume, flowery. Medium-bodied, silky texture, vibrant with a very long linger finished. This must be a very good wine !!! Nice fruit, hints of sweetness, getting close to Dominus 1994. I, myself, feelin' boring of drinking Dominus but 2007 Dominus is a promising. Lafleur of Napa ? I should buy some bottles to keep in my own cellar.
Drink now - 2035....................96-98/100..........................
A beautifully deep ruby red color, typical of high-extraction cabs, is the first introduction to this wine. An utterly magnificent nose is your next impression, an incredibly rich, robust structure of aromas that holds tantalizing promise of richness to come. Unfortunately, it then promptly proceeds to turn into nothing much special on the palate...... with my first sip, I had the thought that at first I was drinking something that resembled Manischewitz. Appreciable smoky tannins overwhelm whatever is there, although there is an interesting one-two punch that engages the lower palate, then the middle, but ultimately resolves into something enigmatic, and utterly unremarkable. Completely lacking in any fruit perfume except for the most obscure notes of cherry. Heavy notes of wood seem to be the lingering aftertaste. Obviously a carefully crafted wine, but I'm not sure it really achieves all that much. Uhhh, Parker, 98? Really? You really should stop handing out those near-perfect scores like they were candy at Halloween... 'cause 'near-perfect', wines like this are not.....
Cali Cab tasting (Schaumburg Binny's): Nice dark red coloring. Only had about a one ounce pour so limited notes here. Nice plums, casis, floral notes. Tannins we smooth, but the wine was holding back a bit. Got dark fruit and licorice. Not sure this bottle was showing it's best, wasn't decanted at all.
Easily wine of the night. Very complex. French in style, like a good Bordeaux with more fruit. Leads with earth and truffle. Currant, deep red fruits. Lots of non-fruit aromas. Complex. Highly concentrated but not in your face. Very balanced. Very long finish. A wine tour de force.
All American Tasting (Binny's on Grand): Similar tasting notes to last time. A little less time to breathe maybe. The intensity of aromatics and flavors were similar but the finish was a little less silky and soft than previous samples.
Leafy green cabernet nose with lead pencil and green pepper - very refined nose that I really liked. Old school in feel on the palate too - lots of green-leaning varietal character - tobacco, graphite, slight bell pepper. Delicious and again, refined and classic in style. 93-95
Nose of cassis, green pepper, dark fruit. Much the same on the palate, with a big mid palate and long finish. Not a lot of tannin or acid here, the fruit is certainly out in front creating a hedonistic experience.
Singular, powerful, with decidedly ripe Napa fruit but somewhat true to the BDX style. My first encounter with this wine - I think I will try some classic vintages to see if I like the results better.
Lugeresque 2011 (Peter Pratt's Inn): An elegant and masterfully crafted wine, very refined and well focused. I found a strong minerality in this wine and an untapped reserve of black fruits that will likely emerge in the coming years. I loved this wine now, but will expect it to get better with cellaring. The finish was remarkably long.
Tasted this along with a Quilceda Creek 2007, Pride 2002 for so that I could get a good frame of reference. It was slightly better than the Pride and not quite at the level of the Quilceda Creek. Lots of herbs on the nose, but with a great quality of fruit to back it up. Still very tannic but the quality is there. I won’t try another one for at least 5 years.
The Ultimate Wine Experience (Binny's South Loop - Chicago, IL): I just about agree with Parker on this one. Definitely the best Dominus I've tasted and to be able to see the potential at this stage says something unto itself. Super creamy. Loads of that classic well polished creme de cassis, mocha, purple flowers, some black rock. Just has everything you could want with astounding balance and mouth feel on the finish. Still a baby but this will be singing a beautiful melody in about 5-10 years well into three decades from now. Remarkable experience. Don't know what Laube was tasting. Best of three bottles?...whatever.
San Antonio Wine Geeks - The Great Gathering (aka: Steak porn/Wine Orgy); 11/5/2010-11/6/2010 (The Home of Steve Treu): A great example of Napa, with ripe red fruits but never heavy, thick or overdone, with a freshness I haven’t noted in other wines from the ’07 vintage. Bright red fruit nose, with strong cassis and subtle oak spices. Very fine polished tannins, strong core of red fruits. Long finish with elements of mocha and toast. This wine had great poise, polish, and balance. Will need to find some. Surprisingly, very enjoyable now. Hard to imagine a linear progression to the ’95, so might represent a slightly different winemaking style.
Four hour decant. Hard to put a score on it this early in life, but probably 92 now with obvious upside. Nose is fruit dominated with creme de casis, stewed raspberries, strawberry jam and a minor damp smokey note which developed after longer decant. Good aromatic complexity considering its youth. Very California. Thick but balanced in the mouth with candied fruit, plums, and a bunch of other notes which I could not put my finger on. Fine tannins. Hangs on the back of the palate like an sweet, alcoholic fruit candy.
Ruby red color, not over extracted. Primary notes of blueberry, plum, and black olives. Lighter aromas of mocha and graphite. Medium weight and soft lush mouth feel. Balance is perfect and nothing stands out. Fine ripe long tannins on finish. This wine is really good. Best since 1994!
Wine Warehouse Grand Tasting. The wine I wanted to taste and was worth waiting in line for, fragrant nose of black cherry fruit, saddle leather, smoke, and cassis, more of the same on the palate, elegant, complex, big body, smooth and supple tasting, almost intense that should peak in 5 years, great taste for Bordeaux lovers, long, long finish.