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2002 Dominus 750ml
2002 Dominus
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2002 Dominus
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 120

(85% cabernet sauvignon, 8% cabernet sauvignon, 4% petit verdot and 3% merlot) Red-ruby. Cool, shy aromas of currant, blackberry and licorice, with a leafy, medicinal aspect. Dense, fat and structured but also quite penetrating and powerful, with black fruit, licorice and herbal flavors and a strong impression of extract. This offers noteworthy energy in the mouth, and finishes quite claret-like, with fine-grained tannins and sneaky length. A sample from another bottle that had been decanted for 24 hours showed a suaver texture but had not lost its solid tannic spine. Offers excellent potential but not quite the length of the 2001. Champy notes that the pH of 3.87 is the lowest in recent years here.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 201

This 2002 was virtually perfect when I tasted it in early May. Even better than I predicted seven years ago, this 4,500-case blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot has blossomed beautifully, revealing even greater intensity and potential than I predicted. A flawless, seamless integration of tannin, wood, alcohol and acidity is found in this dense, plum/purple-colored Dominus, along with copious notes of sweet black currants interwoven with kirsch, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco, new saddle leather and forest floor. Full-bodied with velvety tannins, stunning elegance and a 45-second finish, this sensational 2002 rivals two of the all-time great wines made at Dominus, 1991 and 1994. It is hard to believe that proprietor Christian Moueix's Dominus Estate has already celebrated its 25th anniversary and is moving toward 30 years with the 2012-2013 vintages. The 2002 will drink well for another 20 years.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Fresh aromas of ripe currant, wild berry, floral scents and spice carry over nicely to the palate, where the flavors turn supple and firm, with just the right touch of tannins. Not a great Dominus, and this was the best of three bottles. 5,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews


rdalehite Trust Rating: 92 Tasted On: 03/13/2014

This was paired against a 2002 Rudd, a 2002 Arietta H Block. This was Parker rated a 99 point wine but was less of a Napa blockbuster than I thought. However, after many hours it really showed it's layered strength. Truly a wonderful wine but not the big Napa Cab expected. Cedar notes, leather, red berries. Long finish.

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Stephen G41 Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 11/25/2012

Still relatively young but fine.

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Sandeep A Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 04/24/2011 Drink Dates: 2011-2040

Very well integrated with silky tannins. Strong fruit and some graphite on the nose. Drinking well now and will likely last 20+ year

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noelivan Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 10/15/2010

Decanted for nearly 6 hours. Solid structure and a nice body but expected more.

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taipanli Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 09/13/2010

No decant. Although good, the wine was uninspiring. Everything in small doses and the finish quite short. Will do the next bottle better justice with a proper decant and hope for an improvement. 50+8+7+17+7=89+

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