2008 Dominus

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 99 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 95 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 49497-2008-1500-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (a blend of 83% cabernet sauvignon, 13% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot): Good full red-ruby. Fresher on the nose than the Napanook, showing raspberry, plum, mocha and tobacco aromas. Round and plummy in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of milk chocolate, mocha and licorice. A wine of moderate ripeness for the vintage, and in a shell today. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and notes of plum, mocha and chocolate. I don't find quite the structure or grip of the best years.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 95

    This is very pure fruit for Dominus. This will be interesting to see how it develops in the future. 2008 was a very small crop. Very perfumed and beautiful, with currants, flowers, and notes of mint. Full-bodied, with round velvety tannins that lead up to a chocolate and ripe berry finish. This is showing great fruit, and a great finish. Structurally this is like a 2005 La Mission.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Very Bordeaux-like in its makeup and structure, this firm wine has good acidity and tight tannins, offering complex loamy earth, vivid dried currant and berry, with anise and mineral sprinkled in. This is my favorite young Dominus of late. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Mcaz
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: rnorberto
  • Self | Rating: 97

    (199.00) Very perfumed and beautiful, with currants, flowers, and notes of mint. Full bodied, with round velvety tannins that lead up to a chocolate and ripe berry finish. This is showing great fruit, and a great finish. Structurally this is like a 2005 La Mission. Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. A brilliant wine that represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years. Only three Cabernet based wines from Napa in 2008 outscored Dominus, receiving 100 point scores, but they sell for two to three times the price, a lot to pay for one point! The blend for the 2008 Dominus Estate is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petite Verdot.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2020
    Author: Boss USA
  • Self | Rating: 94

    A solid bottle of wine which needs an hour or two to open up. Once open you notice pencil lead on the nose with a mouthful of ripe fruit and a hint of dust. This wine is well structured and nice to drink. Parker was crazy giving this wine a 99.
    Author: Todd7
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Good bottle of wine. Not worth the 99 rating. Purple in color. Low rim variation. Slow legs. Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Dust, Medium Toast, Oak, Cinnamon, Tea, Butterscotch. Full bodied. Polished texture. Long finish.
    Author: Wesley34
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

  • 2200 bottles owned
  • 253 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 253 collectors)