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The Story

Dominus, our premier wine, is produced from grapes grown on the renowned Napanook vineyard. These grapes are hand-selected from blocks that contain our older, mature vines.

We recommend decanting this wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young wines.

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Vintage 1987

DOMINUS 1987

The 1987 Dominus Estate is the fifth vintage produced by the John Daniel Society made solely from grapes grown at their Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, California.

The blend of the 1987 Dominus Estate is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Merlot. Winter rainfall for the 1987 season was 50% of average. The very warm early summer and moderate late summer resulted in fruit with fully developed varietal character and excellent acid balance.

Note: with almost the identical blend as 1986, we have a completely different wine–proof that classical winemaking, i.e., single vineyard, non intervening winemaking, and no acidification allows the vintage to express itself through the wine.

The 1987 Dominus Estate has a deep ruby color and a rich nose reminiscent of cassis and vanilla, with a silky texture, excellent balance and a long elegant finish. Christian Moueix recommends decanting this wine before serving to allow it to develop its full potential.

The label portrait for the 1987 vintage was done by the Israeli artist Avigdor Arikha.

 

Vintage Summary:

Seasonal rainfall was quite low at 18.85 inches (normal 35.68 inches); 10 inches in February and March, which is almost identical to the rainfall pattern of 1985. A very warm early summer was followed by a moderate late summer. There were 16 days over 100 degrees and 26 days over 95 degrees.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 4

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 17

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 25%

BOTTLING DATE: July 1989

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6500

RELEASE DATE: October 1999

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Long and Spicy

flavors

Blackcurrant, Plum, Mint, Cedar and Herbs

nose

Intense, Complex, Refined and Round

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Concentrated, Well-structured, Medium-bodied, Firm, Rich and Ripe

Written Notes

The rainfall this year was half the average. A very warm early summer turned into a moderately warm ending enhancing the grapes to obtain their crisp acidity. Winemaking was classically non-interventionist. Blend of 88 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 percent Cabernet Franc and 3 percent Merlot. The wine spent 14 months in French oak, of which 25 percent were new. A medium-intense garnet colour with tawny tints. Very concentrated, ripe blackcurrant nose with plums, cedar and spicy aromas. Medium-bodied palate reveals moderately high refreshing acidity, firm tannins and herbaceous dark fruity aromas of cassis and plums mixed with hints of mint. Long and admirably balanced finish with spicy oak character. Drinking well now but will easily keep another decade.
  • 93p

"One of the best cabernet blends I had for some time. A fabulous bottle. Blackberry, plums, tannins still very present, will easily live for another five years."

  • 97p

Information

Origin

Napa, Napa Valley

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97p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Dominus 1987  ( Dominus Estate )

"One of the best cabernet blends I had for some time. A fabulous bottle. Blackberry, plums, tannins still very present, will easily live for another five years."

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93p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dominus 1987  ( Dominus Estate )

"The rainfall this year was half the average. A very warm early summer turned into a moderately warm ending enhancing the grapes to obtain their crisp acidity. Winemaking was classically non-interventionist. Blend of 88 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 percent Cabernet Franc and 3 percent Merlot. The wine spent 14 months in French oak, of which 25 percent were new.
A medium-intense garnet colour with tawny tints. Very concentrated, ripe blackcurrant nose with plums, cedar and spicy aromas. Medium-bodied palate reveals moderately high refreshing acidity, firm tannins and herbaceous dark fruity aromas of cassis and plums mixed with hints of mint. Long and admirably balanced finish with spicy oak character. Drinking well now but will easily keep another decade.
"

1y 10m ago

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 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Dominus 1987  ( Dominus Estate )

","Red fruit, cassis, leather, tobacco. Silky tannins and nice slightly rustic finish. Outstanding.""

2y 2m ago

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