Red

1991 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 227

  • sdr Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 24, 2018 - Barry’s bottle. I was especially interested in tasting one of the legends of traditional California Cabernet Sauvignon. Does it resemble a great Bordeaux or is it uniquely Californian? Well, a little of both. If I had tasted it in a series of good Bordeaux of similar age, I may not have been able to pick it out. There is a lot to like, such as the soft and smooth texture and fine balance of savory black fruit that somehow reminded me of charcoal and ash. But it’s quite linear and has almost no aroma. No development in the glass and strikingly void of detail, nuance and complexity even after 27 years.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • MJMorris55 Likes this wine: 90 points

    June 24, 2018 - It’s not everyday I get to pull a cork on a 27yo bottle. The cork was in decent shape and removed intact. Decanted initially for 30 minutes...there was considerable sediment. The wine had a nice reddish purple color with a tinge of bricking. Faint nose. First taste had a slight tartness with a background of cedar and black plum. At an hour the tart note had disappeared and the nose had opened up to a more robust aroma of an aged cab. The fruit wasn’t exactly fresh but the wine held together. At two hours this one started to fade. This was a well-made wine but probably was in its prime 2-3 years ago. Fun to share with good friends.

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  • aquacongas Likes this wine: 97 points

    May 5, 2018 - So elegant, so Bordeaux style but the perfect Californian ripe fruit with silky tannins and a great acidity structure. Impressive for his age and not at his end. 97+

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Mjladha Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 30, 2018 - Beautiful. Bordeaux style. Strawberry / cherry nose. Peppery. Beautifully palate. Rich and lush. Complexity I associate with old world.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • RDHudak wrote: flawed

    March 28, 2018 - After waiting forever to try this bottle, it was flawed. Perfectly stored since direct purchase, it was flat and had no fruit. Not corked and not offensive, it was undrinkable. Completely bummed.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: 1991 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (Jul 2018), 7/18/2018 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: 1991 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (Jul 2018), 7/1/2018 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2016, Issue #65, October 2016 American Wines Including A Great Lineup of Cutting Edge Wines From Oregon, 9/1/2016

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  • By Jancis Robinson
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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2010, Issue #25, The 1991 California Cabernets- Should There Be More Great Wines?

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 1999, IWC Issue #85 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/6/2013 (link) 92 points

    (Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard) From magnum - bricking, very dark red violet color; mature, savory, corn beef, beef jus nose; tasty, mature, beef jus, corn beef, olive tapenade palate; medium-plus finish (more advanced than the last bottle I tried)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1991
  • Type Red
  • Producer Dominus
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Estate
  • Vineyard Napanook Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 017224712107, 636595106751, 636595199753, 636595212759

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 25 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,958 (70%)
  • Consumed 1,246 (29%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

choclate, filet, Smoked salmon

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