2009 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • JS 98
  • WA 97
  • IWC 95
  • WS 93
  • JR 91
  • WE 90

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JS 98
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, October 2012
Stunning nose of lavender and flowers. Currants and raspberries. Subtle and intriguing. Full and dense but wonderfully balanced with firm and silky tannins and a persistent finish. Dusty texture. A wine so balanced that... Stunning nose of lavender and flowers. Currants and raspberries. Subtle and intriguing. Full and dense but wonderfully balanced with firm and silky tannins and a persistent finish. Dusty texture. A wine so balanced that you want to drink it already. Better in 2017.
WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2013
The 2009 Dominus saw about 40% new oak compared to the 20% for Napanook. A seamless classic, it offers a symphony of red and black currants, Asian plum sauce, lavender, and underbrush. Sweet Christmas fruitcake... The 2009 Dominus saw about 40% new oak compared to the 20% for Napanook. A seamless classic, it offers a symphony of red and black currants, Asian plum sauce, lavender, and underbrush. Sweet Christmas fruitcake characteristics emerge from this magnificent Dominus that finished at 14.5% natural alcohol (slightly higher than usual). The seamless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol, the brilliant length and overall compelling complexity and richness make it one of the great classics from this historic estate. It should drink well for 20-25 years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2012
(blended with 10% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot): Good ruby-red color more saturated than the Napanook. Knockout floral lift to the aromas of black raspberry blueberry blond tobacco almond and mint. Suave savory... (blended with 10% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot): Good ruby-red color more saturated than the Napanook. Knockout floral lift to the aromas of black raspberry blueberry blond tobacco almond and mint. Suave savory and extremely precise with penetrating flavors of dark berries licorice minerals and cocoa powder. The petit verdot component acts as an amplifier of aromas and flavors notes winemaker Tod Mostero "like a good seasoning." Medicinal in a Bordeaux way. The finishes shows outstanding length noteworthy juiciness and firm noble tannins. A great vintage for Dominus.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, August 2012
Delightfully harmonious given its intensity with complex aromas of savory herbs flowers ripe and dried currant and berry crushed rock and cedar flavors. Well-proportioned focused and persistent. Very youthful and vibrant... Delightfully harmonious given its intensity with complex aromas of savory herbs flowers ripe and dried currant and berry crushed rock and cedar flavors. Well-proportioned focused and persistent. Very youthful and vibrant. Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2030.â_"J.L.
JR 91
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, November 2013
Mid ruby. Juicy, pure blackberry fruit. Ripe and sweet with flattering, creamy oak and very soft tannins. Very soft and modern indeed, then quite chewy on the finish. A little bit of savoury character to finish, but... Mid ruby. Juicy, pure blackberry fruit. Ripe and sweet with flattering, creamy oak and very soft tannins. Very soft and modern indeed, then quite chewy on the finish. A little bit of savoury character to finish, but overall this is a modern, fruit-driven example. Seems to have much more to give. 17.5/20 (RH)
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, October 2012
While this is not the best Dominus vintage it does show elegantly smooth tannins dryness and earthiness that accompanies the black-berry and cassis fruit. It's curiously soft which might limit its ageability. Shows an... While this is not the best Dominus vintage it does show elegantly smooth tannins dryness and earthiness that accompanies the black-berry and cassis fruit. It's curiously soft which might limit its ageability. Shows an uncanny similarity to the 2000.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2009

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.