Deep garnet, nose of classic paulliac, leather, cedar, hint of floral note too. Elegantly balanced in mouth, good acidity and fine tannin yield a very good structure. Black fruit and leather with tobacco aroma, lovely blend and the best US wine I adore, 1991 is just as fine too, but more plush. Should age well.
ran it up against a 2000 sassicaia and i think this was favored by the whole group. the nuance and aging on this bottle is just perfect right now and i suspect it will hold in this excellent state for the better part of a decade.
we gave it only a two hour decant and it was very expressive. tons of fruit still there with all sorts of intriguing lean vegetal things peeking through.
really everything you would hope a napa cab would become.
From perfect storage since release. While its starting to show some crimson, this wine is still an adolescent brute. First time I've had this in several years, it's a typical Dominus clove and tobacco nose. In the mouth it's black and brutal big fruit, slightly closed, thick and long. Just not quite ready. Drink the '87, '90, '91 and '92 now...let this set another 5-7 years.
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(Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard) Very dark red violet color; bretty, bell pepper, tart plum, olive, pyrazene nose; tart black fruit, bell pepper, bretty, pyrazine, grass clippings palate; medium-plus finish (too bretty to rate)
(Dominus) What a nose! Leather, jammy fruit, smoke, oak, mocha, hint of dried cherry. Reminded me of a 1990 Montrose I had recently on the nose. The palate was pretty good. No complaints here. Glyceril, jammy, super-ripe, balanced, layered, and long. Lighter than I expected. I never have had Dominus until tonight and it was everything it was built up to be. Easily the most Bordeaux-like Cali wine I have ever had. Still though it has that jammy fruit aspect that distinguishes it. Very nice.
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