2008 Dominus, Napa Valley 6x75cl

2008 Dominus, Napa Valley 6x75cl

$2,400.00 Excl. GST
$2,681.40 Incl. GST
IN BOND
RETAIL
COUNTRY
USA
REGION
California
VINTAGE
2008
PRODUCER
Dominus
WINE TYPE
Red
AVAILABILITY
Immediate, 1 in stock, In Bond

Producer Profile

Dominus Estate is a California wine estate owned by Christian Moueix, producing Bordeaux style blends,. The winery is located in Yountville within the Napa Valley AVA and was first planted with vines in 1836 by George C. Yount in the Napanook vineyard.
Christian Moueix, who is also in charge of production at Chateau Petrus, first became involved as a partner in 1982, then in 1995 took over full ownership. In 1996, Napanook, the estate’s second wine, was first released and the same year a new winery was built.
The annual production is 7,500 to 12,000 cases which includes both Dominus and Napanook.

Tasting Notes

Vinous 93

(a blend of 83% cabernet sauvignon, 13% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot): Good full red-ruby. Fresher on the nose than the Napanook, showing raspberry, plum, mocha and tobacco aromas. Round and plummy in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of milk chocolate, mocha and licorice. A wine of moderate ripeness for the vintage, and in a shell today. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and notes of plum, mocha and chocolate. I don’t find quite the structure or grip of the best years. [Stephen Tanzer, 05/01/2011]

Robert Parker 99

Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years. This estate, owned by Christian Moueix, includes the famed Napanook Vineyard that was the base of so many of the historic Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignons of the 1950s and 1960s. Interestingly, they have completely eliminated Merlot from the bottling. The 2007 Dominus is a 5,400-case blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. There are 4,200 cases of the 2008 Dominus which is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Lower yields resulted in a denser, more concentrated wine. The remarkable thing about these cuvees is that they smell like a hypothetical blend of a top Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and a serious Bordeaux, possibly a cross blend of a Pomerol and Pauillac. Both wines possess silky sweet tannins, which is the big difference between Dominus post-1990 and the first seven vintages, where the tannin content was relatively high. About 40% new oak is used in their upbringing. P.S. In a couple of years, readers should be on the look-out for a new estate wine from Christian Moueix. One mile north of the Napanook Vineyard, Moueix has purchased a 36-acre, already planted parcel known as the Schmidt Ranch. I tasted some of the 2009 barrel samples and this appears to be another promising venture with a completely different personality a more obviously Napa Valley/Cabernet Sauvignon, ripe style of wine than the more elegant, complex Dominus. I’m not sure what the name will be, but it will definitely not be called the Schmidt Ranch. Tel. (707) 944-8954; Fax (707) 944-0547 [Robert M. Parker, Jr., 23/12/2010]

Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040

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