1996 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 95
  • IWC 93

$169.99

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2010
Medium garnet-brick colour. Complex evolved aromas of black olive dried cherries bacon fat graphic balsamic soy and a touch of truffle. The palate is finely knit with crisp acidity and a medium level of very fine tannins... Medium garnet-brick colour. Complex evolved aromas of black olive dried cherries bacon fat graphic balsamic soy and a touch of truffle. The palate is finely knit with crisp acidity and a medium level of very fine tannins pulling together fruit a well balanced amount of earthy / savoury fruit. Very long finish.successfully tamed the vintage's elevated tannin level. It should be relatively drinkable upon its release yet evolve nicely for two decades. Impressive!
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 1999
...Dusty black cherry plum game woodsmoke herbs and a suggestion of leafy cabernet franc on the nose. Thick and lush in the mouth with the extravagant sweetness of the best '96s. This has good structure and grip but there... ...Dusty black cherry plum game woodsmoke herbs and a suggestion of leafy cabernet franc on the nose. Thick and lush in the mouth with the extravagant sweetness of the best '96s. This has good structure and grip but there plenty of deep fruit to buffer the substantial tannins...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1996

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.