1990 Dominus

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 49497-1990-750

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$140.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Deep red-ruby. Knockout, Bordeaux-like aromas of cherry syrup, plum, chocolate, mocha and brown spices, plus a faint vegetal complexity. Sweet, smooth and ripe, if not quite as dense as the extraordinary '91. Excellent acidity gives the flavors lovely clarity. Finishes firmly tannic and very long. Extremely suave wine.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1999
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Deeply flavored, rich and complex, with tiers of currant, coffee, spice and chocolate. While it's young, intense and tannic, it's developing a supple texture, which allows the flavors to glide through on the finish. Cellar short-term. 4,600 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    In a blind tasting, both the 1990 and 1991 wines were identified as being French by all eight tasters. I pulled these wines from my cellar to insert as ringers, so I was particularly miffed at not getting their origin correct. In retrospect, I suppose I was somewhat surprised by just how great the 1990 performed in comparison with the profound 1991. I mistakenly thought the 1990 was a Medoc, with its cedary, spicy, tobacco, blackcurrant-scented nose, sweet, full-bodied flavors, high tannin, and low acidity. It is a superb Dominus that may be just beginning to close down. Rich and powerful, it is capable of lasting for 20+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: Tusa David
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: ebgreenb
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 92

    A bit past her lovely prime. Drink up!
    Drink Dates: 2016-2018
    Author: Brock M
  • Self | Rating:

    Corked
    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 95

    RP is right on with his notes as of 2/1997: |with its cedary, spicy, tobacco, blackcurrant-scented nose, sweet, full-bodied flavors, high tannin, and low acidity. It is a superb Dominus.| The fruit is still there but I would drink now.
    Drink Dates: 1997-2012
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Soft and subtle, dark red in the glass. Leather, spice notes, tannins have given way to warm fruit - worth the wait.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2015
    Author: Sammy Plotkin
  • Self | Rating: 91

    The '90 has always suffered in comparison to the '91. The last few years have not been good to this wine ? it keeps getting harder as time goes by. Green and black olive aromas with some herb and light fruit dominate the wine?s bouquet. Full on the palate but with significant structured tannins that show no signs of subsiding.
    Drink Dates: 2006-2012
    Author: Daniel B
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.

See other similar producers:Cardinale Estate,Dalla Valle Vineyards,Pahlmeyer

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 909 bottles owned
  • 220 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 220 collectors)