1986 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 93
  • JR 91

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 1996
I did not pick this out as Dominus in the blind tasting largely because it came across as such a young rich blockbuster wine. One of the richest densest most concentrated offerings in the entire tasting it also proved to... I did not pick this out as Dominus in the blind tasting largely because it came across as such a young rich blockbuster wine. One of the richest densest most concentrated offerings in the entire tasting it also proved to be one of the best-balanced with better integration of acidity and tannin than many 1986s exhibited. The color remains a deep dark ruby with purple hues. Dense concentrated and pure with copious quantities of cassis fruit intermingled with earth spice and minerals this large-scaled concentrated wine appears to have aged at a glacial pace since I first tasted it. Accessible because of its well-integrated low acidity this wine should continue to evolve and drink well for another 15-20 years. Very impressive.
JR 91
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, June 2010
In theory this was a clever California wine to serve first, before we had cottoned on to the transatlantic theme, since Christian Moueix's early wines from his Dominus estate (first vintage 1983) were particularly... In theory this was a clever California wine to serve first, before we had cottoned on to the transatlantic theme, since Christian Moueix's early wines from his Dominus estate (first vintage 1983) were particularly bordeaux-like in youth. However this one seemed so sweet and dense that once I had realised it was from Napa Valley I guessed it was Caymus, which is not really the style of Dominus at all. Perhaps it was the proximity to the slightly more austere charms of the Cheval that made it seem so burly and sweet. 17.5/20
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1986

Label

Known for its complexity and balance, Dominus demonstrates the potential of a wine produced on the exceptional terroir of the Napanook vineyard. Structured, seamless and perfectly integrated, this is an elegant wine that only improves with age. Bunches are hand-sorted, complemented by optical scanning to ensure only the highest quality grapes are used, gently pressed at low-pressure, and fermented in separate lots before resting in 100% French oak.

It is recommended to decant Dominus prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential, particularly when consuming young vintages.

Winery

Dominus

The story of Dominus started in the late 1960’s when Bordeaux winemaker Christian Moueix fell in love with Napa Valley and its wines. He discovered the historic Napanook Vineyard, one of the first vineyards planted in the Napa Valley, and in 1981 and entered into a partnership to develop it.

Becoming its sole owner in 1995, he chose the name “Dominus” or “Lord of the Estate”, to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land. From this estate, Moueix produces two wines: the flagship “cult” red Dominus, and Napanook, a lively and youthful blend of Bordeaux varieties that is meant to be consumed more as an “every day” wine.

The estate is situated on the foothills of the Mayacamas range and enjoys a temperate climate. 103 acres are predominantly planted with Cabernet Sauvignon along with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot on gravelly and clay loam soil. The estate practices sustainability and is at the forefront of preserving the environment.

The Dominus winery itself is noted for its one-of-a-kind construction, designed by visionary Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Constructed from gabions filled with basalt rocks, the unique design provides insulation from the heat and cold, while allowing natural light to filter through.