1997 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • IWC 95
  • WA 94
  • WS 93

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IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2000
...Multidimensional nose offers a panoply of scents: black plum currant leather smoked meat cigar ash lead pencil sandalwood dark chocolate licorice brown sugar. Very bright and sharply defined; flavors of plum leather... ...Multidimensional nose offers a panoply of scents: black plum currant leather smoked meat cigar ash lead pencil sandalwood dark chocolate licorice brown sugar. Very bright and sharply defined; flavors of plum leather hot stones and lead pencil. An impeccably balanced wine of compelling sweetness...
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2000
The 1997 Dominus a blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Cabernet Franc and 4.5% Merlot is showing fabulously well. With 14.1% alcohol and a pH that would make many New World oenologists shudder (about 3.95) this wine is a... The 1997 Dominus a blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Cabernet Franc and 4.5% Merlot is showing fabulously well. With 14.1% alcohol and a pH that would make many New World oenologists shudder (about 3.95) this wine is a fleshy silky-textured opulent wine with a gorgeous nose of roasted herbs coffee jammy black cherry and plum-like fruit. Asian spice licorice and blackberry and cherry notes with tobacco spice all add to this complex very involved yet gorgeously symmetrical Dominus. The wine is medium to full-bodied very concentrated and silky-textured...
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2000
A wine of substance and depth. Dark rich and polished with complex notes of earthy meaty currant anise spice cedar and leather fanning out on the finish. Young and concentrated. Better than previously reviewed. Best from... A wine of substance and depth. Dark rich and polished with complex notes of earthy meaty currant anise spice cedar and leather fanning out on the finish. Young and concentrated. Better than previously reviewed. Best from 2002 through 2012...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1997

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.