2019 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JS 98 WA 98 VN 98 JD 96 WS 96
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, March 2022

Lots of crushed stone, lead pencil and licorice aromas that are extremely aromatic and bright. Black cherries, cloves and purple fruit, too. Full body and a round and ripe center-palate with a juicy interior. It opens at...
WA 98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2022

The 2019 Dominus is blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, aged in 40% new French oak. Impressively dark-hued in the glass, it yields scents of cherries and cassis on the nose—or is it...
VN 98

Vinous, February 2023

(98+ points) The 2019 Dominus is shockingly primary. A wine of tremendous density and power, the 2019 is also a wine for readers who can be patient, as it won't be ready to drink for another 10-15 years! Dark fruit...
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, February 2023

From a slightly more challenging year for this estate due to the heavy springtime rains, the 2019 Dominus is a classic blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc from this team brought...
WS 96

Wine Spectator, August 2022

A loaded wine, though reserved in style, with waves of dense cassis, plum reduction and blackberry preserves moving through authoritatively, while sweet bay leaf, warm loam and tobacco accents fill in the background. The...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2019
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

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The 2019 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine is a notable blend from the prestigious Dominus estate in Napa, California. Comprising 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc, this wine has garnered significant attention from reviewers for its complexity and aging potential.

James Suckling awarded the wine an impressive 98 points, praising its aromatic profile: "Lots of crushed stone, lead pencil and licorice aromas that are extremely aromatic and bright. Black cherries, cloves and purple fruit, too." He notes that the wine has a "round and ripe center-palate with a juicy interior" and describes the finish as "savory and juicy." Suckling also suggests that while it is drinkable now, it will be better in three or four years (jamessuckling.com, 3/14/2022).

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also rated the 2019 Dominus 98 points. Reviewer JC highlights its dark hue and complex nose, with scents of "cherries and cassis...subtle notes of mocha, pencil shavings and almost Graves-like earthiness." The palate is described as concentrated and medium to full-bodied, with "savory gravitas" and a "silky and long" finish (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 5/31/2022).

Wine Spectator's J.M. gave it 96 points, noting the wine's "dense cassis, plum reduction and blackberry preserves," and describing it as "built for serious cellaring." The publication suggests the wine will be best enjoyed from 2024 through 2040 (Wine Spectator, 8/3/2022).

Jeb Dunnuck also rated the wine 96 points, describing it as a "round, supple, medium to full-bodied effort" with "soft tannins, terrific balance, and a great finish." Dunnuck mentions the challenging growing conditions of the year, but still finds the wine "charming" and predicts it will "offer incredible pleasure with just 3-5 years of bottle age and drink well for 20+ years" (jebdunnuck.com, 2/16/2023).

Finally, Vinous' Antonio Galloni gave it an outstanding 98 points, calling it "shockingly primary" and "a wine of tremendous density and power." Galloni advises patience, suggesting it won't be ready to drink for another 10-15 years, but lauds its complexity with notes of "dark fruit, leather, tobacco, incense, dried herbs and scorched earth" (Vinous, 2/16/2023).

In summary, the 2019 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine is a high-scoring, complex blend with significant aging potential, praised for its dense fruit, aromatic complexity, and balanced structure.