1999 Dominus

  • 88 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 49497-1999-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    A wine of great intensity, depth and complexity. Beautifully crafted, ripe, rich and creamy, showing off pretty vanilla and mocha-scented oak before a deep core of currant, blackberry, black cherry and minerally flavors fold in. Firm tannins add structure on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. 7,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Medium red-ruby. Spicy red- and blackcurrant, plum, currant leaf and mocha on the claret-like nose. Dense and rich, with spicy red berry and lightly floral flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Today one senses the wine's 13% cabernet franc component. Quite tightly coiled today; shows little sign of the roasted character shown by some '99s. Firmly tannic and very strong on the back end, with an almost medicinal austerity; very much a wine from small berries. This really needs at least seven or eight years of bottle aging; make sure to decant your bottle if you can't wait to pull the cork. Should ultimately merit a higher rating.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    The firm, austere, large-scaled 1999 Dominus (7,000 cases) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot that spent 16-18 months in 40% new French oak. It exhibits an attractive perfume of roasted herbs, coffee, tobacco, and sweet black cherries and plums, medium body, noticeable tannin, and a ripe, austere personality. It will drink well for 15+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Michael Dollaz
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Bright, clear ruby. Dark fruit, cherry. Good fruit, firm tannin. Perfect balance, satisfying finish.
    Author: Rutiger
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    Author: Ellca
  • Self | Rating: 87

    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 youngest in the 2nd flight.) Color: Brick red, long legs. Aroma: very little aroma. Flavor: a bit harsh, tannic, not very interesting. Worst wine of the night.
    Author: lordotheporto
  • Self | Rating: 95

    delicious;good fruit; well integrated tannins; velvety texture; some tobacco box with lots of dark fruit and currants.
    Drink Dates: 2002-2013
    Author: Serl Z
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Deliciously meaty, already quite mellow and unwound. Paired perfectly with lamb.
    Author: Larry H
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Medium bodied, long finish. Licorice and chocolate on the nose. Super smooth and has gotten better as it opens up.
    Author: JCashman
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Phenomenonal wine...probably drinking at peak. Terrific nose, rich raspberry and vanilla, great-long finish. A first growth California Bordeaux.
    Author: Oenodoc
  • Self | Rating: 97

    With peppercorn sirloin. Outstanding. Decanted 45 mins. Still juicy w/ lots of fruit. Perfect time to drink.
    Drink Dates: 2006-2011
    Author: Gregory H928
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

  • 1614 bottles owned
  • 357 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 357 collectors)