1998 Dominus 750ml

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1998 Dominus
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International Wine Cellar | 90

Saturated red. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, smoked meat, roasted tomato, earth and tobacco leaf; deeper and more complex than the Napanook bottling. A step up in complexity, vibrancy and precision of flavor. Silky and fairly deep, with slightly truffley chocolate and tobacco flavors. Finishes with big but suave tannins and a hint of licorice. This offers rather powerful material for the year but nonetheless seems a bit dry next to the '99.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Advocate | 88

The 1998 Dominus's dark ruby/plum color is accompanied by aromas of licorice, earth, plums, black fruits, and underbrush. While this medium-bodied 1998 possesses good depth, a spicy, open-knit complexity, and ripe tannin, it does not have the size, depth, or dimension of the previous eight vintages. Nevertheless, it is an elegant, Bordeaux-styled red for drinking over the next decade.

Drink Dates: 2002-2012
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | 91

Earthy, elegant and refined Cabernet blend, delivering layers of currant, tar, black cherry, cedar, coffee and anise, all sharply focused and framed by just the right amount of tannin. 6,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2001-2009
Author: James Laube


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Score: 92
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 10/01/2011
Score: 92
Author: wineme.310
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/09/2009
nice and creamy. needed about 45 minutes to open up
Score: 91
Author: Jkbergmann
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/03/2009
Score: 77
Author: Rick H.
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/10/2009
Pleasant dark fruit notes on the nose get overshadowed by the palate's complete lack of balance. Second bottle in a year that shows this year didn't reach its potential.

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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