2004 Dominus

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 97 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 95 JR
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SKU: 49497-2004-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($115) Deep red-ruby. Deep but reticent aromas of dark raspberry, cocoa powder, hot rocks and minerals, with notes of menthol and wintermint. Very firmly built and backward, conveying a tightly coiled spring for a 2004, and an almost Saint-Estephe-like menthol austerity. Though a bit tough and youthfully green, this firmly structured wine is quite aromatic on the back and opened nicely with aeration. Give this a lot of time in the decanter if you plan to open a bottle anytime soon.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Firm, tight and concentrated, with dried currant, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's well-structured, finishing with a tight core of tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 5,600 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    Like so many 2004s, the 2004 Dominus is a full-bodied wine showing brilliantly at age ten, with loads of complex cedar, kirsch, Christmas fruitcake, black currants and spice box. It has a creamy, opulent texture, but remains light on its feet. This sexy wine is showing exceptionally well and is best drunk over the next 10-15 years. Not one of the longest-lived wines from Dominus, but it is certainly at a wonderful point in its evolution right now.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 19

    Straddles the Napa-Bordeaux horse, with well-ripened, dark cherry fruit and sweet vanillin oak melding with dusty herbs, forest floor, cedar and tobacco notes. Marvelous concentration and depth; firmly tannic, yet also generous. Could be Christian Moueix's best Dominus. (LM)$115ÿÿ
    Author: Linda Murphy
  • Anonymous | Rating: 95

    Author: Calderon Hector
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Will M.
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2014-2017
    Author: Rmann
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2016-2018
    Author: Arnie
  • Self | Rating: 94

    smooth as silk-- a wonderful bordeaux style Napa wine. The signature of Christian Moueiux, he of Ch. Petrus fame, says it all
    Drink Dates: 2016-2020
    Author: dozman3
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Solid dark fruits, with an undercurrent of mint. Tannins are fairly smooth right now, making this wine to enjoy with a great meal. Enjoy now, or wait a few years. Not built for great aging.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2014
    Author: Rick H.
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Very smooth blackberry fruit and cedar tones. not as bold as I was lead to believe, and has a short finish. Good but so many better wines out there for the price!
    Author: Cellar Dweller 33
  • Self | Rating:

    ws-Firm, tight and concentrated, with dried currant, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's well-structured, finishing with a tight core of tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2013. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 5,600 cases made. rp-The elegant, dark plum/purple/garnet-colored 2004 Dominus exhibits a big, sweet, cedary, roasted herb, mocha, black cherry liqueur, black currant, and earth-scented perfume. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannin as well as a luscious mouthfeel and finish, it should be more accessible in its youth than many of its predecessors, but easily last for two decades. Not yet released.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2024
    Author: Wassencr
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1785 bottles owned
  • 298 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 298 collectors)