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Community Tasting Notes (174) Avg Score: 92.7 points

  • My last bottle but holding strong and all my previous notes apply. Would be drinking now. A-

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  • Opened, decanted and drank with a striip steak. Dark, with a reticient nose of dark fruit. The wine was tight and not forthcoming of Dominus' typical Napa/Bordeaux character. I tasted the remains of the bottle two days later and it had opened up beautifully and may have merited a score higher than the 92 I gave it. This tells me to wait a bit longer for the next bottle.

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  • Poured into decanter, cleaned out original bottle and then refilled bottle to for dinner party. Slow Ox for 45 minutes. Wine was at it's best on my last half glass which was about 90 minutes sitting in open bottle. Well balanced, lots of terroir and very enjoyable. This vintage still has a lot of life left and I look forward to trying another bottle in a year, although I doubt there will be significant improvement.

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  • This was deliscious out of the gate and had moderate improvement with more air. It has a lot of life left but would tend to drink up if you have some left (this was the last of 6 purchased in 2000 and stored well)

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  • À l'ouverture, un nez chocolaté, avec de la menthe, un peu de poivron. L'air amènera un parfum d'épices variées, il développe une grande complexité.

    La bouche est d'une beauté fougueuse bien domptée, avec une droiture bordelaise, une certaine austérité malgré son coté dodu, on croirait aisément un St-Julien de millésime bien mûr.

    Il a le magnifique équilibre d'un Cabernet à parfaite maturité, c'est concentré mais sans aucun excès, avec des notes typiquement bordelaises (!) de cèdre et de tabac, qui s'étirent en une très belle finale d'une grande complexité, d'une longueur exceptionnelle. Un vin très abouti, d'un style austère qui ne plait pas outre-mesure à Lucie qui le trouve sévère à son palais Bourguignon. J'adore. 95 pts

    Il a beau avoir près de 20 ans, il est à son meilleur après un bon 2 heures de carafe....

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/13/2003, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard) Nice cherry, coffee nose; cherry, cassis, coffee palate, with firm tannins; medium-plus finish

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