Red

2005 Dominus Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 162

  • sirpat007 Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 16, 2019 - 3h slow-ox. Tasted blind. Sweet sexy fruit but no over-extraction. Some sweet spices and menthol, the latter with more and more stage time over time. First sings of aging notes such as leather reveal the age. Soft tannins, and an outstandingly long finish. Gains complexity and intenstiy over time peaking after about 2-3h. Fruity and juicy on the palate with lots of freshness. This is in a perfect spot right now, showing old world type of delicacy, but still retaining the Napa sexiness.

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  • Purple Tooth wrote: 94 points

    August 9, 2019 - Lush, vigorous, substantial, and close to peak. Aged red fruit compote, wrapped in old cedar. Its delightful in its balance and has growing linger with great stay power. I would say that this has its peak in sight, but not there yet. I actually like it right where its at, but the improvement in the glass tells me that this is full of life. Drink or hold

  • jsmorris707 Likes this wine: 96 points

    July 6, 2019 - Double decanted for 2 hrs, med. ruby, black cherry with leather & a touch of tobacco, med. tannins med/long finish; outstanding, very Bordeaux-like, drink or hold

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  • vpoms wrote: 93 points

    June 16, 2019 - Lightly hazy, deep ruby with garnet rim. Clean nose of medium plus intensity with aromas of blueberries, plums, cocoa, leather, pencil led. Wine is developing. On the palate it is dry with medium plus acidity, medium, structured and silky tannins. Medium alcohol, medium plus body medium plus flavor intensity of Cassis,toast, prunes, leather, mushrooms, finish is medium plus. Very good wine, perfect now, has enough muscle to last another 7 plus years.

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  • jdtonic Likes this wine: 96 points

    June 14, 2019 - I suspected that I’d regret getting only a half case of this wonderful vint, and here we are. All gone, so time to fess up and score it where it deserves.

    The 2005 Dominus is like the Insignia taken as a brand. It is a benchmark bottling. Why are the French here in force: This is why. The easy richness, power and poise of this wine is the sort of bottling folks on 2nd or 3rd growth land in France spend a lifetime attempting to create.

    Clear opaque purple. Not a hint of brick.
    Sweet cassis, leather, clean brown soil and black cherries on the nose.

    The delineation of the wine is such, that, if one were so trained, the relative quality of each variety in bottle can be ascertained. Gorgeous cherry, glove leather, herbs de pro, red currants, and salted chocolate nuances in the palate. Superb.

    Perhaps the best steak wine in the entire world, but both paradoxically reserved and giving enough that could be paired -enjoyably- with Dover Sole.
    Difficult to imagine any vinous individual not adoring (blind, gagged, neither both) this drink.

    Still tannic and youthful.
    Will try to find another tranche.

    Obtain-Drink-Repeat
    —next 15 years.
    96-97pts

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/31/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Dominus Estate) Bubbling cassis, cherry, red fruit nose; tasty cassis with depth, young but impressive; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Dominus
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 636595102753, 636595105754, 636595107758, 636595115753, 636595212759

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 19 (0%)
  • In Cellars 6,804 (71%)
  • Consumed 2,747 (29%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

rack of lamb, Steak

Who Likes This Wine

97% Like It  70 votes

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