1995 Dominus

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 93 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 49497-1995-1500-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    A lighter style, with a supple, polished texture and some vegetal notes leading into cherry and plum flavors. Perhaps the lightest Dominus ever. Should drink well early, and does not appear to be a long ager. 6,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. The 1995 Dominus (6,000 cases produced from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, and 4% Merlot) is a ripe, plummy, supple, expansively-flavored wine with copious quantities of black currant fruit. Full-bodied and low in acidity, it possesses exceptional concentration and purity. Qualitatively, it is built along the lines of the 1992 and 1990. While it is not as powerful or intense as the 1996 or 1994, the 1995 is a large-scaled, rich, concentrated wine that should provide splendid drinking for two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Full deep red. Sexy, perfumed aromas of black and red raspberry, currant, plum, graphite and spicy oak. Supple entry, then bright and sharply delineated thanks to firm acids. Fruit-driven flavors of currant, cherry and leather. Expands nicely on the aftertaste. Tannins are suaver than those of the '96.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1999
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: grapist
  • Self | Rating: 93

    A little past its peak but still delicious. Ripe red berry and red currant fruit framed but sandalwood and spices. Medium bodied with soft, rounded tannins. Pleasant, lingering finish.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2012
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Bordeaux-like, has lost a bit of it's fruit. Drink now
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 1

    Compared to the amazing bottle I had last year, it was shocking to find that this bottle was over the hill. Utterly disappointing.
    Author: Rick H.
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Dinner with Jeff, Mark and Penn at Cafe Ponte. Beautiful wine but still a little closed for me. I'd have to differ with Kris's suggestion that this wine is ready to drink now. Great backbone, lots of tannins still present, and a bit of a sharp finish early on. After about 90 minuters this wine began to open up and showed lots of tar, cassis, smoke and roasted meat characteristics. Still though, I'd give it 5 more years minimum to have it reach the perfect drinking window.
    Author: Greg G
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Great nose, showed well after some time to blow off - time to drink.
    Drink Dates: 2009
    Author: Gregg F
  • Self | Rating: 90

    I don't see this getting any better with time.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2013
    Author: Wine365
  • Self | Rating: 88

    I opened a magnum for my 60th birthday. I found this wine good but was somewhat disappointed as the fruit is fading and it seemed to lack complexity. A bit thin on the nose, and just not what I had hoped. I think winemaking techniques have improved exponentially over the past 15 years and prefer younger vintages from this producer.
    Author: Oenodoc
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Opened and double-decanted 4 hours prior to drinking. Colour dar ruby red fading almost imperceptibly to garnet at the rim. Initial aromas of cedar, spice and mocha developed considerably between opening and pouring, with a huge, intense bouquet promising more on the palate, which didn't disappoint. Up front punch of black cherry and chocolate with subtle earth/woody notes characterised the palate, with extraordinary length and srill persistent and very fine tannins. Lingering tastes of pipe tobacco and mocha were a real treat. There's life in this yet - probably at its best over the next 5-10 years.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2025
    Author: Butler wan
  • Self | Rating: 92

    surprisingly aged very well nice fruit and balance not weedey or menthol like most yountville wines pleasant surprise
    Author: Kiki
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

  • 1277 bottles owned
  • 299 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 299 collectors)