2006 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
  • WA 96
  • IWC 94

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2008
There are 6500 cases of the superb 2006 Dominus (91% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot). Its dark plum/purple color is accompanied by aromas and flavors of truffles forest floor black cherries black... There are 6500 cases of the superb 2006 Dominus (91% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot). Its dark plum/purple color is accompanied by aromas and flavors of truffles forest floor black cherries black currants and Asian spices. One of the finest wines of the vintage it is complete full-bodied and seamlessly built with beautiful ripe tannins low acidity and a luscious layered mouthfeel. The aromatics are even more evolved and complex than the 2005's. The 2006 should drink well for 20-25 years.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2009
Bright red-ruby. Lovely floral lift contributes precision to the aromas of raspberry rose petal and licorice. Sweet high-pitched and sharply delineated; velvety but not thick. There's a juicy quality to the ripe red fruit... Bright red-ruby. Lovely floral lift contributes precision to the aromas of raspberry rose petal and licorice. Sweet high-pitched and sharply delineated; velvety but not thick. There's a juicy quality to the ripe red fruit mineral and graphite flavors not to mention a firm underlying spine that promises a long and positive evolution in bottle. Quite young but not austere finishing with building tannins and lovely lift. The lingering perfume of red fruits pepper flowers and licorice is unusually complex. A really superb 2006 seemingly every bit as good as the sensational 2005. 94(+?) points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2006

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.