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2005 Dominus 750ml
2005 Dominus
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2005 Dominus
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 138

($129; a blend of 93% cabernet sauvignon, 4% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot) Good full red-ruby. Highly complex nose melds black raspberry, minerals, milk chocolate, tobacco, licorice and brown spices. Wonderfully silky, sweet and broad; quite primary for a young Dominus vintage but with subtle earth tones adding nuance. This has plenty of high-quality tannins but the wine's buffering flesh gives it an impression of sweetness. One senses near-perfect ripeness here in the way the wine saturates the palate with flavor. Very suave and fine-grained wine that will almost certainly rank among the best half-dozen vintages of Dominus made to day. Incidentally, long-time winemaker Boris Champy has returned to his native France to make wine, and Ted Mostero, previously in charge of winemaking at Almaviva in Chile, is now in charge here.

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WA
96

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 174

The 2005 Dominus (a 7,000-case cuvee of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) has come of age, and is one of the strongest efforts they've made. It is possibly the best Dominus since the 2001, and perhaps even the 1997 or 1991. A beautiful, sweet nose of roasted coffee interwoven with kirsch, black currant, cedar, and spice box emerges from this deep ruby/purple-colored wine. The wine has fabulous intensity, a layered, opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, well-integrated acidity, and a stunningly long finish. The layering of this wine as it builds incrementally on the palate is something to behold. An outstanding, sexy, ageworthy Dominus, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and last for at least 25 or 30 years.

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WS
89

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Starts out rich, supple and polished before gaining tannic traction, letting the earthy clay, loamy currant and dried herb and sage notes show in a complex, focused fashion. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

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Community Reviews

96

flwine Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 08/07/2014 Drink Dates: 2008-2028

Scott S627 Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 07/12/2014 Drink Dates:

very smooth, decanted for 90 min, perfect.

95

johnmhoward Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 03/02/2013 Drink Dates:

92

VinoDeparture Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 05/14/2010

Brown Steven Trust Rating: 78 Tasted On: 06/28/2010

2 x 6 (wood cases)

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