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1991 Dominus 1.5L
1991 Dominus

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USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
1991 Dominus
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 85

Very saturated dark red-ruby. Youthful, supercomplex aromas of plum liqueur, currant, brown spices, leather and chocolate, plus an ineffable animal/vegetal/mineral element. Wonderful penetrating sweetness in the mouth; dense, thick, very intensely flavored and pungent. Sharply delineated. Perhaps not quite the sheer size of the '94. Finishes extremely long and focused, with fine tannins and a note of superripeness.

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Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Magnum. This was the single most enjoyable red wine of the day for me. One of Tim How's retirement gifts in recognition of the fact that Majestic had been acquired on Friday 13 Sep 1991, and acknowledged hugely successful vintage for Christian Moueix's venture in California. Lovely, complete and thoroughly successful. It may have looked a little skinny after a more typical blockbuster from Napa Valley but was wonderfully flattered by following the more austere charms of 1970 red Bordeaux. Really good and rich but not fat.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker

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. The 1991 is the finest Dominus to date, although the 1994 may eventually rival it. The wine is incredibly expansive, rich, complex, fragrant, concentrated, and compelling in all respects. The opaque ruby/purple color is followed by huge quantities of sweet jammy fruit nicely touched by tar, licorice, and earthy scents reminiscent of the aroma of fresh black truffles. The wine is extremely concentrated, opulently-textured, and voluptuous, with huge reserves of juicy fruit. It is a marvelous Pomerol-like wine of exceptional purity and harmony. Although approachable, it requires 2-4 more years of cellaring; it should last for 2-3 decades.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube Issue: Web

Wonderful complexity and youthfulness, from the initial aromatics to the follow-through on the finish. Serves up a mix of complex currant, tobacco, earth, brick, mineral and cedary tobacco. Holds its focus and finishes with a long aftertaste without being too heavy or tannic.--'81/?91 California Cabernet retrospective.

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Community Reviews


G Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 08/22/2014

fred2288 Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 12/12/2012 Drink Dates:

Drank at CP. First taste was pretty bad, but we decanted it. Took about 45 minutes to open up, but it became a real treat to drink. We loved it!!!

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Lulu SF Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 08/01/2011


Scooter Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 03/06/2011

A beautiful wine, like drinking a very good Bordeaux. Don't think it will get any better, but should have 3 years left.


Tj R Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 02/19/2011

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