1990 Dominus 750ml

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1990 Dominus
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International Wine Cellar | 93

Deep red-ruby. Knockout, Bordeaux-like aromas of cherry syrup, plum, chocolate, mocha and brown spices, plus a faint vegetal complexity. Sweet, smooth and ripe, if not quite as dense as the extraordinary '91. Excellent acidity gives the flavors lovely clarity. Finishes firmly tannic and very long. Extremely suave wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 85

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Wine Advocate | 95

In a blind tasting, both the 1990 and 1991 wines were identified as being French by all eight tasters. I pulled these wines from my cellar to insert as ringers, so I was particularly miffed at not getting their origin correct. In retrospect, I suppose I was somewhat surprised by just how great the 1990 performed in comparison with the profound 1991. I mistakenly thought the 1990 was a Medoc, with its cedary, spicy, tobacco, blackcurrant-scented nose, sweet, full-bodied flavors, high tannin, and low acidity. It is a superb Dominus that may be just beginning to close down. Rich and powerful, it is capable of lasting for 20+ years.

Drink Dates: 1997-2017
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | 91

Deeply flavored, rich and complex, with tiers of currant, coffee, spice and chocolate. While it's young, intense and tannic, it's developing a supple texture, which allows the flavors to glide through on the finish. Cellar short-term. 4,600 cases made.

Drink Dates: 1996+
Author: James Laube


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Score: 98
Author: G
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/22/2014
Score:
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 02/02/2014
Corked
Score: 95
Author: ebgreenb
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/11/2012
Score: 88
Author: Tusa David
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 02/14/2010
Score: 95
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/26/2008
Drink Dates: 1997-2012
RP is right on with his notes as of 2/1997: "with its cedary, spicy, tobacco, blackcurrant-scented nose, sweet, full-bodied flavors, high tannin, and low acidity. It is a superb Dominus." The fruit is still there but I would drink now.
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About This Producer


Since its inaugural vintage in 1983, the wines of Dominus Estate have been crafted in a traditional and terroir-driven style by the luminous Christian Moueix of Petrus fame. Unable to pass up the change to make what he called the Haut-Brion of Napa, Moueix came to own the legendary Napanook Vineyard through a partnership with and eventual buyout of Robin Lail and Marcia Smith, the daughters of John Daniel of Inglenook Winery. Moueix eschews irrigation, acidification, and the heavy usage of oak (18 months in French barrels, with only 1/3 new) common amongst his Napa colleagues. The exceptional terroir of Napanook in combination with his skillful viticulture and traditional winemaking techniques have repeatedly resulted in some of the most broadly enjoyable Napa Cabs available and clearly place Dominus in the upper echelon of this genre. Since 1996 the estate has released a second wine called Napanook.

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