1995 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 93
  • IWC 93

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 1997
Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. The 1995 Dominus (6000 cases produced from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc... Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. The 1995 Dominus (6000 cases produced from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot) is a ripe plummy supple expansively-flavored wine with copious quantities of black currant fruit. Full-bodied and low in acidity it possesses exceptional concentration and purity. Qualitatively it is built along the lines of the 1992 and 1990. While it is not as powerful or intense as the 1996 or 1994 the 1995 is a large-scaled rich concentrated wine that should provide splendid drinking for two decades...
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 1999
...Sexy perfumed aromas of black and red raspberry currant plum graphite and spicy oak. Supple entry then bright and sharply delineated thanks to firm acids. Fruit-driven flavors of currant cherry and leather. Expands... ...Sexy perfumed aromas of black and red raspberry currant plum graphite and spicy oak. Supple entry then bright and sharply delineated thanks to firm acids. Fruit-driven flavors of currant cherry and leather. Expands nicely on the aftertaste. Tannins are suaver than those of the '96.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1995

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.