1994 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 99
  • ST 93
  • WS 91

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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 1997
...I have had a difficult time keeping the corks in my bottles of 1994 Dominus. Eight-thousand cases were produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Cabernet Franc 12% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. In this vintage... ...I have had a difficult time keeping the corks in my bottles of 1994 Dominus. Eight-thousand cases were produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Cabernet Franc 12% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. In this vintage 174 days passed between bud break and the harvest a remarkable period of time for any wine region in the world. The 1994 is a strikingly thick compellingly rich wine with the texture of a great Pomerol despite being made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a dense purple color and an incredibly fragrant nose of jammy black fruits spice smoke and loamy truffle-like scents. In the mouth it is full-bodied with thrilling levels of extract and richness but no sense of heaviness or harshness. This seamless Dominus possesses no hard edges as its acidity tannin and alcohol are beautifully meshed with copious quantities of ripe fruit. This wine offers early drinking yet has the potential to last for 30+ years...
ST 93
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, July 2015
Full, deep red with an amber rim. Distinctly sauvage aromas of redcurrant, coffee, leather, game and spicecake. Suave, seamless and fully mature, offering a plush texture and moderate sweetness to its slightly decadent... Full, deep red with an amber rim. Distinctly sauvage aromas of redcurrant, coffee, leather, game and spicecake. Suave, seamless and fully mature, offering a plush texture and moderate sweetness to its slightly decadent flavors of currant, leather, smoke, mocha, earth and fresh herbs. This wild boy is at its apogee right now, although some tasters may find it too funky. Finishes classically dry, with dusty sweet tannins and considerable sex appeal.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2004
Dark-hued rich and intense deftly balanced with a pretty array of ripe currant anise black cherry and plum. Concentrated with firm tannins it finishes with a bold rich aftertaste that shows off cedar sage and pretty... Dark-hued rich and intense deftly balanced with a pretty array of ripe currant anise black cherry and plum. Concentrated with firm tannins it finishes with a bold rich aftertaste that shows off cedar sage and pretty earthy nuances...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1994

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.