2012 Dominus

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 98 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 49497-2012-1500-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Bright ruby-red. The nose combines a chocolatey ripeness and a medicinal reserve, offering scents of currant, licorice, flowers, spices and herbs. Dense, voluminous and harmonious; fully ripe but classically dry. This wonderfully horizontal wine finishes with serious plush tannins and really echoes and lingers on the aftertaste. Superb potential. Much more Old World than California in style.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Deftly balanced, with an enticing mix of gravelly, loamy earth, dried berry, cedar and cigar box, all rich and extracted. Ends with raw, assertive tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2030. 5,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The exuberance and drama in the stunning nose of the dense plum-colored 2012 Dominus offers up notes of Asian spice, ripe, black currants, kirsch, tobacco leaf and Christmas fruitcake. It is full-bodied and opulent, with no hard edges, a seamless integration of acidity, wood and tannin and a density and richness that are built to go on for 25-30 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Dark inky color that belies the finesse underneath. Very well balanced and nuanced. Medium body without the density and plushness cited by the critics. Well blended with hints of blueberries, mulberries and a touch of cedar. Definitely on the elegant side, with less power than I prefer. Soft tannins on the finish.
    Author: Litig8tr
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Dark inky purple color. heady nose of oak, spice and black cherry. tastes of black cherry, spice, a little chocolate. Big finish, silky smooth!
    Drink Dates: 2016-2032
    Author: flwine
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

  • 622 bottles owned
  • 89 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 89 collectors)