2003 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 3L

  • WA 95
  • IWC 92

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2005
The 2003 Dominus has turned out even better than I thought from barrel. There are 4800 cases of this 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot blend. A big sweet nose of roasted coffee Provencal herbs... The 2003 Dominus has turned out even better than I thought from barrel. There are 4800 cases of this 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot blend. A big sweet nose of roasted coffee Provencal herbs black currants cherry jam plums allspice and forest floor is followed by a spicy rich full-bodied fragrant intense wine. The tannins are sweet but noticeable in this beautifully complex strikingly aromatic 2003. It has much more similarity to a great Bordeaux than anything from Napa Valley. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2006
($109) Good ruby-red. Rich smoky expressive aromas of plum currant licorice tobacco game and leather. Suave and lush in the mouth with explosive flavors of currant and graphite. Quite suave and pliant offering excellent... ($109) Good ruby-red. Rich smoky expressive aromas of plum currant licorice tobacco game and leather. Suave and lush in the mouth with explosive flavors of currant and graphite. Quite suave and pliant offering excellent balance and full broad well-buffered tannins. This is just over 14% alcohol. The non-decanted version showed aromas of plum redcurrant mocha and nutty oak and hints of tobacco leaf and licorice in the mouth. Though it was tighter and more firmly tannic it also showed considerable early complexity. This distinctly claret-like vintage may well merit an even higher score with six to eight years of bottle aging. 92(+?) points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2003

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.