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.
The 1997 Vintage has a deep ruby color and aromas of very ripe black currant, spices and mineral overtones. It exhibits power and elegance and finishes with substantial but silky rich tannins. A luscious and dense wine, it is delicious to drink now with a great aging potential.
The 1997 blend includes 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Merlot. The balance between the three varietals was excellent and no Petit Verdot was added to the blend.
As with all Dominus wines, we recommend decanting this wine prior to serving to allow it to develop its full potential.
Substantial rains fell in December and January and were followed by a very dry spring. As the dry weather continued, the bloom started very early in mid-April and was relatively short. This would later make for uniformity of ripeness. By summer it was evident that the harvest would be large and that severe crop thinning was necessary. The favorable weather continued during the summer, which helped the maturation and improved the flavors of the Cabernets and Merlots. At the time of the harvest, the grapes were perfectly matured with refined tannins and a high concentration of flavors.
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 4
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 26
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 33%
BOTTLING DATE: July 1999
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 8500
RELEASE DATE: April 2000