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2008 Dominus 1.5L
2008 Dominus
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2008 Dominus
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 156

(a blend of 83% cabernet sauvignon, 13% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot): Good full red-ruby. Fresher on the nose than the Napanook, showing raspberry, plum, mocha and tobacco aromas. Round and plummy in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of milk chocolate, mocha and licorice. A wine of moderate ripeness for the vintage, and in a shell today. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and notes of plum, mocha and chocolate. I don't find quite the structure or grip of the best years.

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WA
99

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 192

Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Very Bordeaux-like in its makeup and structure, this firm wine has good acidity and tight tannins, offering complex loamy earth, vivid dried currant and berry, with anise and mineral sprinkled in. This is my favorite young Dominus of late. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

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JS
95

JamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling

This is very pure fruit for Dominus. This will be interesting to see how it develops in the future. 2008 was a very small crop. Very perfumed and beautiful, with currants, flowers, and notes of mint. Full-bodied, with round velvety tannins that lead up to a chocolate and ripe berry finish. This is showing great fruit, and a great finish. Structurally this is like a 2005 La Mission.

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Community Reviews

95

Mcaz Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 06/29/2013

95

Wesley34 Trust Rating: 72 Tasted On: 10/06/2012

Good bottle of wine. Not worth the 99 rating. Purple in color. Low rim variation. Slow legs. Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Dust, Medium Toast, Oak, Cinnamon, Tea, Butterscotch. Full bodied. Polished texture. Long finish.

94

Todd7 Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 07/22/2012

A solid bottle of wine which needs an hour or two to open up. Once open you notice pencil lead on the nose with a mouthful of ripe fruit and a hint of dust. This wine is well structured and nice to drink. Parker was crazy giving this wine a 99.

97

Boss USA Tasted On: 06/25/2011 Drink Dates: 2013-2020

(199.00) Very perfumed and beautiful, with currants, flowers, and notes of mint. Full bodied, with round velvety tannins that lead up to a chocolate and ripe berry finish. This is showing great fruit, and a great finish. Structurally this is like a 2005 La Mission. Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. A brilliant wine that represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years. Only three Cabernet based wines from Napa in 2008 outscored Dominus, receiving 100 point scores, but they sell for two to three times the price, a lot to pay for one point! The blend for the 2008 Dominus Estate is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petite Verdot.

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