Dominus Estate 2009, Napa, USA (750ml)

Dominus Estate


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| Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
| Type: Dry Red
| Region: Napa Valley
| Alc.: 14.1%
| Ratings: JS 98, WA 97, WS 93, WE 90

| 98 pts, James Suckling - "Stunning nose of lavender and flowers. Currants and raspberries. Subtle and intriguing. Full and dense but wonderfully balanced with firm and silky tannins and a persistent finish. Dusty texture. A wine so balanced that you want to drink it already. Better in 2017." (10/2012)

97 pts, Robert Parkers' The Wine Advocate - "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. (RP) (10/2013)

93 pts, Wine Spectator - "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. Best from 2014 through 2030." (10/2012)

90 pts, Wine Enthusiast - "While this is not the best Dominus vintage, it does show elegantly smooth tannins, dryness and earthiness that accompanies the black­berry and cassis fruit. It’s curiously soft, which might limit its ageability. Shows an uncanny similarity to the 2000. "

17.5/20 pts, Jancis Robinson - "Mid ruby. Juicy, pure blackberry fruit. Ripe and sweet with flattering, creamy oak and very soft tannins. Very soft and modern indeed, then quite chewy on the finish. A little bit of savoury character to finish, but overall this is a modern, fruit-driven example. Seems to have much more to give. (17.5/20 points)." (11/2013)

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