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Community Tasting Notes (393) Avg Score: 94.7 points

  • This legendary vintage of Dominus continues to be one of my favorite wines to drink today. This is like a perfectly aged Bordeaux full of elegance, weightlessness, the finest tertiary aromas and sweet dark fruit. The intensity, complexity and precision are superb. This wine was served blind to the others and again, everybody guessed Bordeaux. That’s Dominus from the 90s.

    TN: Super intense nose full of tobacco, leather, herbs, minerality and some hints of brett aromas which are to die for. Hyper focused, precise and complex on the palate with lots of sweet, creamy cassis, blackberries, dark cherries along fine fresh and dried tobacco notes, leather and hints of black truffles. Lots of minerality and a layer of fresh herbs. The structure is amazing with molten tannins, a perfectly-integrated high acidity, lots of tension and a creamy texture. Very good length.

    Decanting: Double decanted three hours before consumption which turned out to be enough.

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  • Anything Goes (Zoom): Splash decant, poured and sealed in 5 individual jars and then consumed 3 hours later via zoom. The first word I wrote was "awesome". Balanced, everything is there. Leather, plum, sandlewood, raspberry, Cassis, black cherry, attractive funk, relaxed tannins. The wine of the night.

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  • Virtual Holiday Wine Tasting (Home): Very dark red color with a 7mm transition to clear. Splash decanted, poured into vessels at 2pm and into glasses at 4pm. Drank a glass over 3 hours. This was another stunner tonight putting the full package together and a flat out dead ringer for aged Bordeaux. Wonderfully complex with sullen floral tones of purple flowers, Italian leather, cassis, mint, orange peel, dried forest floor and red fruits. The palate is fully integrated with silky tannins and an elegance to the sophisticated red fruits and dark berries.Wood spices, minerals, orange zest, pencil and black cherry on a long and bright finish. Wow, so refined, so ready. This can go a number of years yet, but it is there now. My and group WOTN.

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  • Zooming Along with Anything Goes!: Zooming along with Anything Goes

    The Players: A great lineup for this tasting, which featured the following wines:
    2013 Aubert Lauren Vineyard
    1982 Leoville Poyferre
    1996 Chateau Cos d'Estournel
    1994 Dominus
    2009 Bryant Family Vineyard
    2010 Sine Qua Non Syrah Five Shooter
    2009 Suduiraut Sauternes

    The Prep:
    All wines were poured into jars and transported, and consumed 2-4 hours later. The following wines had additional decant times:
    1996 Cos d'Estournel - 1 hour decant before pouring into jars
    2009 Bryant Family - 1 hour decant before pouring into jars
    2010 Sine Qua Non Syrah Five Shooter - 2 hour decant before pouring into jars

    Voting/Ranks:
    (Group)
    WOTN - 1994 Dominus
    #2 (Tie) - 1982 Leoville Poyferre
    #2 (Tie) - 1996 Cos d'Estournel
    (My Ranking)
    WOTN - 1994 Dominus
    #2 - 1982 Leoville Poyferre
    #3 - 1996 Cos d'Estournel
    #4 - 2009 Bryant Family Vineyards Cabernet
    #5 - 2010 Sine Qua Non Syrah Five Shooter
    Note: only 1 point separated the top wine from the Botton wine in this group (for me)

    Wine Notes:
    1994 Dominus Estate - This was group's and my WOTN. What can I say that has not already been said about this wine? It was firing on all cylinders tonight! I don't see this wine improving, but I do see it holding for a few more years. Nose showed some perfumed notes accompanied by dark fruit, leather and hints of eucalyptus. The palate was dominated with an earthiness (reminiscent of a high end Pauillac wine), cassis, dark cherry and plum, along with some leather and roasted meat. The finish was medium and showed hints of toasted oak. This was an easy 96++, and I wouldn't argue with 97 points. This was mine and the group's WOTN, but any of the wines could have taken top spot in an awesome lineup! I don't see this wine improving but do see it maintaining for another 5-7 years with no problem.

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  • Top wine. 2nd bottle from the same case. 1h in decanter. Starting to show maturity but nice balance between fruit, acidity and tannins.

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Decanter

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 1994 Cabernets (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Dominus Red Wine Napa Valley Napa Valley) Login and sign up and see review text.
  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 1994 Cabernets (Jul 2015), 3/1/2015, (See more on Vinous...)

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JancisRobinson.com

The WINEFRONT

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 1999, IWC Issue #85, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Dominus Estate Red Wine Napa Valley) Login and sign up and see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/9/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...)

    (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)
  • By Richard Jennings
    9/6/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard) Bricking medium dark red violet color; mature, cedar, dried currant, dried cherry nose; mature, poised, tart cassis, cedar, dried currant palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
  • By Richard Jennings
    8/13/2007, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard) Red violet color; intriguing, focused, leather and tart plum nose; good leather, mushroom, mature, tangy black fruit palate; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    7/21/2007, (See more on RJonWine.com...)

    (Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard) corked

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    1/6/2003, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (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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