2008 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 99
  • WS 94
  • IWC 93

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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
Made in a more masculine style the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure fat density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus... Made in a more masculine style the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure fat density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2011
Very Bordeaux-like in its makeup and structure this firm wine offers good acidity and tight tannins delivering complex flavors of loamy earth vivid dried currant and berry with anise and mineral notes sprinkled in. My... Very Bordeaux-like in its makeup and structure this firm wine offers good acidity and tight tannins delivering complex flavors of loamy earth vivid dried currant and berry with anise and mineral notes sprinkled in. My favorite young Dominus of late. Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. -JL
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2011
Good full red-ruby. Fresher on the nose than the Napanook showing raspberry plum mocha and tobacco aromas. Round and plummy in the mouth with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of milk chocolate mocha and licorice. ... Good full red-ruby. Fresher on the nose than the Napanook showing raspberry plum mocha and tobacco aromas. Round and plummy in the mouth with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of milk chocolate mocha and licorice. A wine of moderate ripeness for the vintage and in a shell today. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and notes of plum mocha and chocolate. I don't find quite the structure or grip of the best years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2008

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.