2001 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
  • WA 98
  • WE 94
  • IWC 93
  • JR 93
  • JS 91

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2011
A brilliant showing for Christian Moueix's well-known Napanook Vineyard the 2001 Dominus is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. A classic in the making this is a flawless... A brilliant showing for Christian Moueix's well-known Napanook Vineyard the 2001 Dominus is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. A classic in the making this is a flawless seamless example of elegant complex Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that possesses a Bordeaux-like personality. This gorgeous sexy opulent dense ruby/purple-colored wine reveals sweet caramel mocha creme de cassis and kirsch notes intermixed with a hint of espresso roast as well as underbrush. Ripe long and full-bodied with well-integrated tannin acidity alcohol and wood this prodigious 2001 is drinkable now and over the next 25+ years given this estate's longevity track record. A virtually perfect wine it is one of the most complex 2001s at present.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, October 2004
As good as the 2001 Napanook is this wine is more intense. The fruit is lusher the oak newer the control more complete but the kicker is the tannins. They're powerful and dusty and conceal the flamboyance for now. Needs... As good as the 2001 Napanook is this wine is more intense. The fruit is lusher the oak newer the control more complete but the kicker is the tannins. They're powerful and dusty and conceal the flamboyance for now. Needs time; hold until 2010 and beyond.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, April 2004
Good ruby-red. Superripe aromas of plum cherry licorice mocha smoke and minerals. At once sweet and gripping with very intense nuanced flavors of cherry plum currant tobacco minerals and currant leaf. Despite the very... Good ruby-red. Superripe aromas of plum cherry licorice mocha smoke and minerals. At once sweet and gripping with very intense nuanced flavors of cherry plum currant tobacco minerals and currant leaf. Despite the very high pH of 4.01 this shows no shortage of energy in the mouth. A muscular firmly tannic serious wine for aging. (A second sample that had been decanted for four hours prior to my visit was sweeter and more seamless but still showed solid tannic spine.) 93+
JR 93
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, October 2013
Very bright crimson with some blue still evident. Very rich start and really luscious but with structure. Lots of fine tannins still hidden. Complex and still quite youthful. 18/20
JS 91
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, October 2012
This is very precise and focused with red fruits with polished and round tannins. One note to it. But beautiful and delicious. Drink now.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2001

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.