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!