2002 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 3L

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2012
This 2002 was virtually perfect when I tasted it in early May. Even better than I predicted seven years ago this 4500-case blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot has... This 2002 was virtually perfect when I tasted it in early May. Even better than I predicted seven years ago this 4500-case blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot has blossomed beautifully revealing even greater intensity and potential than I predicted. A flawless seamless integration of tannin wood alcohol and acidity is found in this dense plum/purple-colored Dominus along with copious notes of sweet black currants interwoven with kirsch forest floor unsmoked cigar tobacco new saddle leather and forest floor. Full-bodied with velvety tannins stunning elegance and a 45-second finish this sensational 2002 rivals two of the all-time great wines made at Dominus 1991 and 1994. It is hard to believe that proprietor Christian Moueix's Dominus Estate has already celebrated its 25th anniversary and is moving toward 30 years with the 2012-2013 vintages. The 2002 will drink well for another 20 years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2002

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.