2009 Dominus

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 14.5%
  • 97 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 49497-2009-1500-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 2009 Dominus saw about 40% new oak compared to the 20% for Napanook. A seamless classic, it offers a symphony of red and black currants, Asian plum sauce, lavender, and underbrush. Sweet Christmas fruitcake characteristics emerge from this magnificent Dominus that finished at 14.5% natural alcohol (slightly higher than usual). The seamless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol, the brilliant length and overall compelling complexity and richness make it one of the great classics from this historic estate. It should drink well for 20-25 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (blended with 10% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot): Good ruby-red color, more saturated than the Napanook. Knockout floral lift to the aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, blond tobacco, almond and mint. Suave, savory and extremely precise, with penetrating flavors of dark berries, licorice, minerals and cocoa powder. The petit verdot component acts as an amplifier of aromas and flavors, notes winemaker Tod Mostero, |like a good seasoning.| Medicinal in a Bordeaux way. The finishes shows outstanding length, noteworthy juiciness, and firm, noble tannins. A great vintage for Dominus.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Delightfully harmonious given its intensity, with complex aromas of savory herbs, flowers, ripe and dried currant and berry, crushed rock and cedar flavors. Well-proportioned, focused and persistent. Very youthful and vibrant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: Elwood
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Really fruity, got really good after a bit. Super, really.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating: 97

    This was a terrific bottle of Dominus. Bordeaux ala Napa. Drinking incredibly well now but suspect it will be a great bottle 10 years from now. Perfect balance of fruit and tannins that was a noble accompaniment to a humble Saturday night pizza and screening of |Moonlight|...tough film. If I had 5 wines to drink the rest of my life, this guy would be on my short list.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2027
    Author: Oenodoc
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

  • 2571 bottles owned
  • 242 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 242 collectors)