1990 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 95
  • IWC 93
  • WS 91

$199.94

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 1997
In a blind tasting both the 1990 and 1991 wines were identified as being French by all eight tasters. I pulled these wines from my cellar to insert as ringers so I was particularly miffed at not getting their origin... In a blind tasting both the 1990 and 1991 wines were identified as being French by all eight tasters. I pulled these wines from my cellar to insert as ringers so I was particularly miffed at not getting their origin correct. In retrospect I suppose I was somewhat surprised by just how great the 1990 performed in comparison with the profound 1991. I mistakenly thought the 1990 was a Medoc with its cedary spicy tobacco blackcurrant-scented nose sweet full-bodied flavors high tannin and low acidity. It is a superb Dominus that may be just beginning to close down. Rich and powerful it is capable of lasting for 20+ years.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 1999
Deep red-ruby. Knockout Bordeaux-like aromas of cherry syrup plum chocolate mocha and brown spices plus a faint vegetal complexity. Sweet smooth and ripe if not quite as dense as the extraordinary '91. Excellent acidity... Deep red-ruby. Knockout Bordeaux-like aromas of cherry syrup plum chocolate mocha and brown spices plus a faint vegetal complexity. Sweet smooth and ripe if not quite as dense as the extraordinary '91. Excellent acidity gives the flavors lovely clarity. Finishes firmly tannic and very long. Extremely suave wine.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 1994
Deeply flavored rich and complex with tiers of currant coffee spice and chocolate. While it's young intense and tannic it's developing a supple texture which allows the flavors to glide through on the finish...Best after... Deeply flavored rich and complex with tiers of currant coffee spice and chocolate. While it's young intense and tannic it's developing a supple texture which allows the flavors to glide through on the finish...Best after 1996.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1990

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.