2019 Dominus Estate Christian Moueix Napa Valley California USA
Dominus Estate is the Napa Valley property of Bordeaux producer Christian Moueix. The wine is bottled from the historic Napanook Vineyard. Located at the foothills of the Mayacamas, the vineyard was planted in 1838 and continues to evolve under the stewardship of Christian Moueix. The estate’s Bordeaux varietals benefit from the Yountville microclimate where temperatures are moderated by cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay. The resulting wine is a uniquely refined expression of this special terroir.
Rated 100 Points Lisa Perotti Brown, Wine Independent (formerly from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate)
Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc,
and 6% Petit Verdot, the 2019 Dominus was harvested from
September 29 to October 10. It was aged in 40% new oak. Deep
garnet-purple colored, the nose slowly unfurls to unveil beguiling
floral notes of candied violets and rose oil over a core of crème de
cassis, blackberry pie, and plum preserves, giving way to notions
of licorice, Indian spices, iron ore, and crushed rocks. Full-bodied,
the palate is jam-packed with taut, muscular black fruit layers,
intertwined with gorgeous floral and exotic spice accents, and
framed by firm, finely grained tannins with seamless freshness,
finishing long and mineral-laced. Tightly coiled with so much latent
energy waiting to explode, this is a spectacular expression of the
vintage and Napanook vineyard. Still tightly coiled, give it a good
6-7 years in the cellar before broaching, and allow it a few hours in
a decanter if consumed before 2032. 3500 cases were made, to
be released in May 2022.
Rated 98 Points James Suckling
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 the end with a savory and juicy finish. Layered and beautiful. Drinkable now, but better in three or four years.