1999 Dominus 750ml

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1999 Dominus
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International Wine Cellar | 91+

Medium red-ruby. Spicy red- and blackcurrant, plum, currant leaf and mocha on the claret-like nose. Dense and rich, with spicy red berry and lightly floral flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Today one senses the wine's 13% cabernet franc component. Quite tightly coiled today; shows little sign of the roasted character shown by some '99s. Firmly tannic and very strong on the back end, with an almost medicinal austerity; very much a wine from small berries. This really needs at least seven or eight years of bottle aging; make sure to decant your bottle if you can't wait to pull the cork. Should ultimately merit a higher rating.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Advocate | 88

The firm, austere, large-scaled 1999 Dominus (7,000 cases) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot that spent 16-18 months in 40% new French oak. It exhibits an attractive perfume of roasted herbs, coffee, tobacco, and sweet black cherries and plums, medium body, noticeable tannin, and a ripe, austere personality. It will drink well for 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2002-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | 95

A wine of great intensity, depth and complexity. Beautifully crafted, ripe, rich and creamy, showing off pretty vanilla and mocha-scented oak before a deep core of currant, blackberry, black cherry and minerally flavors fold in. Firm tannins add structure on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. 7,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2014
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: Rutiger
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/17/2013
Bright, clear ruby. Dark fruit, cherry. Good fruit, firm tannin. Perfect balance, satisfying finish.
Score:
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 09/10/2011
Clia
Score: 98
Author: Oenodoc
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/10/2010
Drink Dates:
Phenomenonal wine...probably drinking at peak. Terrific nose, rich raspberry and vanilla, great-long finish. A first growth California Bordeaux.
Score: 90
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 07/17/2010
Score: 95
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/12/2009
Drink Dates: 2002-2013
delicious;good fruit; well integrated tannins; velvety texture; some tobacco box with lots of dark fruit and currants.
More Vintages and Sizes of Dominus:

2011 (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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