What a superb wine ! Amazing structure and fruit after 33 years and still a nice balance. Slightly decanted to remove sediment - it was a treat to have. Silly smooth , supple and velvety it made me smile to think I have 3 bottles left. The first effort in Napa by Mouiex this is a superlative wine IMHO. The nose has matured truffle, leather and saddle bag tones with underlying fruits - on the plate pure silk and velvet with a nice weight and just a slight heat. A nice long mouth filling finish which lingers in a satisfyingly dry feel and makes for another sip. Lovely !
Fill into neck. Capsule and cork in excellent condition for age. Not decanted. Allowed to breathe in glass 30 minutes before tasting. Clear deep youthful garnet-ruby color. Lovely bouquet of blackberry liqueur, creme de cassis, nutmeg, fennel, anise, bourbon vanilla, with hints of molasses and tobacco. Swirling the glass brings out more savory nuances such as saddle soap and meat juice. Medium-full body on the palate, balanced, seamless, outstanding wine, obviously fully mature but showing plenty of life.
What a treat to be able to taste this inaugural bottling from Christian Moueix at Dominus. This wine is still holding up after all these years telling me that California wines can truly age well. While this wasn't nearly as profound as the '94 Dominus (my all time favorite), it didn't disappoint. Fully mature with secondary characteristics reminiscent of a Medoc Bordeaux. I don't recommend decanting this wine and you should drink it within the first hour after uncorking.
Verticale Dominus: Quelle chance de goûter au premier Dominus produit! Il a bien franchi les années ce coup d'envoi, avec un très joli nez, qui montre aussi des arômes de cabernet franc, complexe, parfumé et subtil. La bouche est élégante, plus limitée que les vins précédents, mais d'une belle fraicheur. Charmant et encore bien en vie. 90-91
a gift bottle from a case purchased by Joe S, thanks so much for sharing Joe, had this side by side with a bunch of wines and it was i believe past prime, intriguing nose of flowers and spice and maybe some fruit, very good mouthfeel and the palate had good acid, but the fruit was non-existent so all leather and dust... if some fruit to balance this could have been 93-94 but alas no
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