1995 Dominus 1.5L

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IWC 93   WA 93   Collector 89
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Full deep red. Sexy, perfumed aromas of black and red raspberry, currant, plum, graphite and spicy oak. Supple entry, then bright and sharply delineated thanks to firm acids. Fruit-driven flavors of currant, cherry and leather. Expands nicely on the aftertaste. Tannins are suaver than those of the '96.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 85

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. The 1995 Dominus (6,000 cases produced from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, and 4% Merlot) is a ripe, plummy, supple, expansively-flavored wine with copious quantities of black currant fruit. Full-bodied and low in acidity, it possesses exceptional concentration and purity. Qualitatively, it is built along the lines of the 1992 and 1990. While it is not as powerful or intense as the 1996 or 1994, the 1995 is a large-scaled, rich, concentrated wine that should provide splendid drinking for two decades.

Drink Dates: 1997-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 114

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/19/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2012
A little past its peak but still delicious. Ripe red berry and red currant fruit framed but sandalwood and spices. Medium bodied with soft, rounded tannins. Pleasant, lingering finish.

Rating: 93
Author: Butler wan
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/09/2010
Drink Dates: 2005-2025
Opened and double-decanted 4 hours prior to drinking. Colour dar ruby red fading almost imperceptibly to garnet at the rim. Initial aromas of cedar, spice and mocha developed considerably between opening and pouring, with a huge, intense bouquet promising more on the palate, which didn't disappoint. Up front punch of black cherry and chocolate with subtle earth/woody notes characterised the palate, with extraordinary length and srill persistent and very fine tannins. Lingering tastes of pipe tobacco and mocha were a real treat. There's life in this yet - probably at its best over the next 5-10 years.

Rating: 90
Author: Wine365
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/30/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2013
I don't see this getting any better with time.

Rating: 90
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/21/2011
Bordeaux-like, has lost a bit of it's fruit. Drink now

Rating: 88
Author: Oenodoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/04/2012
Drink Dates:
I opened a magnum for my 60th birthday. I found this wine good but was somewhat disappointed as the fruit is fading and it seemed to lack complexity. A bit thin on the nose, and just not what I had hoped. I think winemaking techniques have improved exponentially over the past 15 years and prefer younger vintages from this producer.

Average rating: 91, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

110 bottles owned by 70 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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