2007 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 375ML
  • WA 98
  • WE 97
  • IWC 94

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2007
The soon-to-be-released 2007 Dominus is a 5400-case blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It is ironic that Christian Moueix the practitioner of utterly profound Merlot-based wines from... The soon-to-be-released 2007 Dominus is a 5400-case blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It is ironic that Christian Moueix the practitioner of utterly profound Merlot-based wines from St.-Emilion and Pomerol eschews Merlot from his Napa vineyard recognizing that it is Cabernet Sauvignon and to a lesser extent Cabernet Franc that hits the high notes in Napa. A prodigious example of Dominus the 2007 represents a hypothetical blend of a Pomerol Pauillac and a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby/purple-colored with a sweet nose of incense cedar wood black currants black cherries licorice and a subtle hint of roasted herbs it is an expansive savory opulent wine with a full-bodied mouthfeel silky tannins and sensational concentration. A legend in the making it should evolve for 25-30 years possibly longer given the fact that his vintages from the early eighties are still going strong and the wines today are better made given Moueix-s Napa experience and the estate winery he did not have 25 years ago.
WE 97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, November 2010
#16 on the Top 100 Cellar Selections; Easily the greatest Dominus in memory. Comes down on the drier lower alcohol and less ripe side than many Cabs in its league yet lacks for nothing in complexity and sheer... #16 on the Top 100 Cellar Selections; Easily the greatest Dominus in memory. Comes down on the drier lower alcohol and less ripe side than many Cabs in its league yet lacks for nothing in complexity and sheer deliciousness. Tantalizes with blackberry tart cherry carob bean and a Pinot Noir-esque cola-rhubarb richness that retreats behind rich tannins and an earthiness suggesting sweet blond tobacco and dried sage. Clearly ageable it will develop bottle complexity over the next 12 years at least. It's 94% Cabernet Sauvignon with a few drops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. S.H.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2010
Good deep red-ruby. Ripe rich aromas of black raspberry coffee menthol licorice and smoked meat. Much more velvety and seamless than the Napanook with more thoroughly integrated acidity and enticing inner-mouth floral... Good deep red-ruby. Ripe rich aromas of black raspberry coffee menthol licorice and smoked meat. Much more velvety and seamless than the Napanook with more thoroughly integrated acidity and enticing inner-mouth floral lift. Not a particularly opulent style but very suave and complex finishing with noteworthy rising length and very sweet fine-grained tannins. This beauty has the balance for a long and graceful life in bottle.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2007

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.