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2018 Dominus Estate, Proprietary Red, Napa Valley

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“100 pt Dominus • NEW "wild and exotic" release!”

The 100 Point Dominus Dilemma • Limited Quantities

By David Gettenberg

Ah, the Dominus dilemma:  drink or cellar?

This is the fourth vintage in five years that the estate's flagship propriety red has garnered a perfect score:  2013, 2015, 2016, and this offer, 2018.

The rate at which Dominus is producing 100 point scores is staggering.  The pedigree is an obvious contributing factor.

Dominus is known for its strong Bordeaux-like profile, which makes sense since Dominus Estate was founded in 1981 by Christian Moueix, the then owner of Château Pétrus in Pomerol.

This 100 point release is "wild and exotic from the first taste."  Jeb Dunnuck, 100 points

".. Profound notes of blackcurrant cordial, ripe black plums, boysenberries and Black Forest cake with hints of violets, star anise, cracked black pepper, raspberry leaves and pencil lead, plus a touch of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers impactful black fruit layers, creating a beguiling sense of richness that is beautifully countered by invigorating freshness and great poise, framed by super ripe, plush tannins and beautiful tension, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note and, finally, lots of mineral sparks..." Wine Advocate, 99+ points

This Napa Valley icon has been known for capturing the essence of premier Bordeaux with its Cabernet dominant proprietary blend.  

Whether you are building verticals for your cellar, or simply want a benchmark red for enjoyment, this stunning Dominus is not to be missed!

Drink or cellar?  

I'm doing both!

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Press & Tasting Notes
100

“Just gorgeously put together and a magical, flawless wine.”

Jeb Dunnuck • 100 / 100

"The flagship 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot brought up in 40% new French oak. With an essence of Cabernet-like character in its darker currants, green tobacco, cedar, graphite, and floral aromas and flavors, this gorgeous wine is full-bodied and has bright yet integrated acidity, polished tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s just gorgeously put together and a magical, flawless wine. It's going to take a decade to hit maturity but will evolve for 40-50 years in cold cellars. It is as good as it gets in classic, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon!"

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99+

“The palate delivers impactful black fruit layers, creating a beguiling sense of richness.”

Wine Advocate • 99+ / 100

"Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Dominus slowly emerges from the glass with profound notes of blackcurrant cordial, ripe black plums, boysenberries and Black Forest cake with hints of violets, star anise, cracked black pepper, raspberry leaves and pencil lead, plus a touch of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers impactful black fruit layers, creating a beguiling sense of richness that is beautifully countered by invigorating freshness and great poise, framed by super ripe, plush tannins and beautiful tension, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note and, finally, lots of mineral sparks. For all that it is at the moment, one cannot help but feel that this 2018 is holding something back. Give it a good five years in bottle, at least, and then get set for what I suspect will be a mind-blowing transformation over the next 30 years+."

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97

“Wild and exotic from the first taste.”

Antonio Galloni • 97 / 100

"The 2018 Dominus is wild and exotic from the first taste. Lifted aromatics make a strong opening impression. There is something exuberant about the 2018 that is hard to describe. The 2018 is not a huge Dominus, nor is it massively structured, but the intensity of the flavors is remarkable just the same. Dark raspberry, spice, leather and cedar are some of the many notes that open over time."

More Information
  • Producer: Dominus Estate
  • Country: United States
  • Region: California
  • Subregion: Napa Valley
  • Varietal: Cabernet Blend
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Size: 750ml
  • Code: W00982-4