Red

1985 Dominus Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 1996 - 2015 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 89

  • Dave Canada wrote: 98 points

    February 19, 2020 - From Magnum - purchased from The Post Hotel in Lake Louise, Alta. This was bought on release, stored at 54F and never moved.
    Pop n pour....followed over 4 hours.

    Pours medium ruby with slight orange bricking at the edge
    Nose shows such powerful fruit....Blackcherry, BlackBerry, currant, cassis, lead pencil, graphite, moss, earth, forest floor, cedar, leather and spice.
    Palate is in a pinnacle of development....pure dark fruit with such tertiary development....leather, cedar, spice and earthy gorgeousness....stunning.
    Finish is never ending.....reference point napa cabernet from a bygone era.

  • Bob H wrote:

    January 11, 2020 - The cork kind of disintegrated on opening, so this was decanted. One thing that surprises me here is the mint on the nose - blind, I would be calling this Heitz Martha's.

    Seamless on the palate, good persistence and fairly interesting at basically 35 years of age. Blackberry fruit on the nose, and for my palate a little deficient in acidity. Not really in my stylistic wheelhouse anymore, but I can appreciate it as a well-made wine.

  • Nanda wrote: 93 points

    December 3, 2019 - Dominus: 1983-1994 (RPM Steak): 83/84/85: The nose took some time to get going, but when it did the intensity and layering of mature fruit with cedar and spice was just terrific. Rich and round in the mouth with grippy tannin. Such a satisfying mouthfeel and texture.

  • stealthman_1 Likes this wine: 97 points

    November 10, 2019 - Spectacular. Cork saturated 3/4, but came out whole. I bought this at auction probably 15 years ago and haven't had it in 10 years. Beautiful deep red color with a stunning nose of tobacco, earth, dark fruits, cedar, typical old style Dominus cloves and holiday spices. Wonderfully full and balanced in the mouth with pure red and black fruits intertwined with its earth elements, long finish and terrific mouthfeel. My wife birthday dinner, I brought the '87 as a backup...no need, this was near perfection and I think will drink beautifully through its 50th anniversary. Possible WOTY.

  • jlgnml Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 13, 2019 - Classic Cali blend. Smooth, tasty, delicious and long palate feel. Glad I have a couple of more btls. Went great with filet.

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  • By John Gilman
    Bonus Articles, California Cabernet Sauvignon: A Tale of Two Epochs (June 2003)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/27/2003 (link) 83 points

    (Dominus Estate) Herbaceous, anise nose; very tannic, herbaceous, coffee, green, pepper palate; dry medium finish 83+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • Type Red
  • Producer Dominus
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Code 636595212759

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 716 (67%)
  • Consumed 354 (33%)

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Hanger steak with red wine reduction

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