1999 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 91
  • IWC 91
  • WE 91

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WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2010
Medium to deep garnet colour. Dried cherry mulberry loam espresso and tobacco aromas with a hint of dried mint. On the palate a savoury / meaty character comes through. A firm backbone of high acidity and a medium+ level... Medium to deep garnet colour. Dried cherry mulberry loam espresso and tobacco aromas with a hint of dried mint. On the palate a savoury / meaty character comes through. A firm backbone of high acidity and a medium+ level of firm tannins give good structure. Medium to full bodied very long finish.
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2002
Medium red-ruby. Spicy red- and blackcurrant plum currant leaf and mocha on the claret-like nose. Dense and rich with spicy red berry and lightly floral flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Today one senses the... Medium red-ruby. Spicy red- and blackcurrant plum currant leaf and mocha on the claret-like nose. Dense and rich with spicy red berry and lightly floral flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Today one senses the wine's 13% cabernet franc component. Quite tightly coiled today; shows little sign of the roasted character shown by some '99s. Firmly tannic and very strong on the back end with an almost medicinal austerity; very much a wine from small berries. This really needs at least seven or eight years of bottle aging; make sure to decant your bottle if you can't wait to pull the cork. Should ultimately merit a higher rating. 91+
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, November 2002
Opens with herbal aromas of sage, dill and tobacco, with a vanilla, oaky note, so it’s surprising how rich it drinks. Sweet cassis is on the palate, framed in soft but intricate tannins. The wine is young and... Opens with herbal aromas of sage, dill and tobacco, with a vanilla, oaky note, so it’s surprising how rich it drinks. Sweet cassis is on the palate, framed in soft but intricate tannins. The wine is young and needs decanting or mid-term aging.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1999

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.