1994 Dominus 6.0L

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1994 Dominus

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International Wine Cellar | 97

Saturated deep red-ruby. Knockout nose combines currant, Cuban tobacco, earth, tar, bacon fat, cedar, leather and game; conveys an impression of totally ripe, almost roasted fruit. Lush and sweet; already offers extraordinary inner-mouth flavor and great depth. One of those rare wines that too big for the mouth. Finishes with great velvety texture and magical persistence. Mouthdusting, building tannins coat the entire palate.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 85

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Wine Advocate | 99

Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. I have had a difficult time keeping the corks in my bottles of 1994 Dominus. Eight-thousand cases were produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. In this vintage, 174 days passed between bud break and the harvest, a remarkable period of time for any wine region in the world. The 1994 is a strikingly thick, compellingly rich wine with the texture of a great Pomerol, despite being made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a dense purple color, and an incredibly fragrant nose of jammy black fruits, spice, smoke, and loamy, truffle-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, with thrilling levels of extract and richness, but no sense of heaviness or harshness. This seamless Dominus possesses no hard edges, as its acidity, tannin, and alcohol are beautifully meshed with copious quantities of ripe fruit. This wine offers early drinking, yet has the potential to last for 30+ years.

Drink Dates: 1997-2027
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 114

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Wine Spectator | 91

Dark-hued, rich and intense, deftly balanced, with a pretty array of ripe currant, anise, black cherry and plum. Concentrated, with firm tannins, it finishes with a bold, rich aftertaste that shows off cedar, sage and pretty earthy nuances.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. 8,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2009
Author: James Laube


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Score: 98
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Drink Dates: 2000-2020
Score: 95
Author: rsfj
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 09/27/2013
Score: 98
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/07/2012
Score: 98
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 09/09/2011
One of my favorite wines and a classic example of great California cabernet.
Score: 90
Author: Bruce Lam
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 02/11/2011

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More Vintages and Sizes of Dominus:

2011 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)

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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