1994 Dominus

  • 99 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 97 IWC
  • 16 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49497-1994

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. I have had a difficult time keeping the corks in my bottles of 1994 Dominus. Eight-thousand cases were produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. In this vintage, 174 days passed between bud break and the harvest, a remarkable period of time for any wine region in the world. The 1994 is a strikingly thick, compellingly rich wine with the texture of a great Pomerol, despite being made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a dense purple color, and an incredibly fragrant nose of jammy black fruits, spice, smoke, and loamy, truffle-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, with thrilling levels of extract and richness, but no sense of heaviness or harshness. This seamless Dominus possesses no hard edges, as its acidity, tannin, and alcohol are beautifully meshed with copious quantities of ripe fruit. This wine offers early drinking, yet has the potential to last for 30+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Dark-hued, rich and intense, deftly balanced, with a pretty array of ripe currant, anise, black cherry and plum. Concentrated, with firm tannins, it finishes with a bold, rich aftertaste that shows off cedar, sage and pretty earthy nuances.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. 8,500 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

    Saturated deep red-ruby. Knockout nose combines currant, Cuban tobacco, earth, tar, bacon fat, cedar, leather and game; conveys an impression of totally ripe, almost roasted fruit. Lush and sweet; already offers extraordinary inner-mouth flavor and great depth. One of those rare wines that too big for the mouth. Finishes with great velvety texture and magical persistence. Mouthdusting, building tannins coat the entire palate.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1999
  • Rating: 93

    (14.1% alcohol): Full, deep red with an amber rim. Distinctly sauvage aromas of redcurrant, coffee, leather, game and spicecake. Suave, seamless and fully mature, offering a plush texture and moderate sweetness to its slightly decadent flavors of currant, leather, smoke, mocha, earth and fresh herbs. This wild boy is at its apogee right now, although some tasters may find it too funky. Finishes classically dry, with dusty sweet tannins and considerable sex appeal. -Stephen Tanzer
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Some colour development, and a bright, more francophone nose: green bean elements, a hint of brett that I could do without. Beautiful texture, the longest and most complete, with a real sense of pattern and detail. Tannins are deliberately present yet perfectly al dente. But brettier in the mouth than the nose, and that detracts from the interest significantly. Next to two plainer wines, this is a genuine beauty - with a scar. (AH)
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drink Dates: 2000-2020
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Drink Dates: 2001-2016
    Author: dwdorman
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Bruce Lam
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    Author: Carlo L
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    Author: jimc
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: rsfj
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Edward T707
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: juglum
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating:

    awesome. still needs time to breath - and still tstes youthful.
    Author: David S515
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Consumed at wine tasting. (1st flight was horizontal, comparing 1994 CA Bordeaux blends. 2nd flight was vertical, comparing different Dominus vintages. This wine was the crossover, present in both flights.) Color: brick red, light rose edge, slow legs. Aroma: mineral, vegetal, most aromatic of the 1st flight. Flavor: Ripe, vegetal, medium tannins; was somewhat odd to my taste. I found it the worst of the 1st flight and best of the 2nd. Perhaps it opened up as it sat.
    Author: lordotheporto
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Deep, dark color not showing 14 years of age in any way. Luscious, powerful nose with dark fruits and lots of cedar/tobacco. Very very long finish. In beautiful shape but still young to me.
    Author: MikeA
  • Self | Rating:

    Gone bad. Too bad. Tasted several bottles and mags that I chucked.
    Author: Glenn P
  • Self | Rating: 98

    One of my favorite wines and a classic example of great California cabernet.
    Author: SingKevin
  • Self | Rating: 96

    This was probably one of the finest California Cabs I've tasted-probably because it had a much more Bordeaux like quality than the normally simple sweetness that I associate with cabs. A lovely earthy character, deep dark fruit and balanced with supple tannin. Excellent.
    Drink Dates: 2002-2012
    Author: Ron V
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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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

  • 3130 bottles owned
  • 562 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 562 collectors)