1998 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 1.5L

  • WS 91
  • IWC 90

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WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, July 2001
Earthy elegant and refined Cabernet blend delivering layers of currant tar black cherry cedar coffee and anise all sharply focused and framed by just the right amount of tannin...
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2001
...Aromas of cherry raspberry smoked meat roasted tomato earth and tobacco leaf; deeper and more complex than the Napanook bottling. A step up in complexity vibrancy and precision of flavor. Silky and fairly deep with... ...Aromas of cherry raspberry smoked meat roasted tomato earth and tobacco leaf; deeper and more complex than the Napanook bottling. A step up in complexity vibrancy and precision of flavor. Silky and fairly deep with slightly truffley chocolate and tobacco flavors...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1998

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.