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  • Country ranking ?

    623
  • Producer ranking ?

    24
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Venison with Red Wine Sauce

erobertparker.com - Robert Parker - October 31, 2013

97 Points "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."

Wine Enthusiast - Steve Heimoff - May 2013

90 Points “...elegantly smooth tannins, dryness and earthiness that accompanies the blackberry and casis fruit.”

 

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - October 25, 2012

98 Points "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."

 

Wine Spectator - James Laube - October 15, 2012

93 Points "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."

 

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - May 2012

95 Points "Good ruby-red color, more saturated than the Napanook. Knockout floral lift to the aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, blond tobacco, almond and mint. Suave, savory and extremely precise, with penetrating flavors of dark berries, licorice, minerals and cocoa powder. The petit verdot component acts as an amplifier of aromas and flavors, notes winemaker Tod Mostero, 'like a good seasoning.' Medicinal in a Bordeaux way. The finishes shows outstanding length, noteworthy juiciness, and firm, noble tannins. A great vintage for Dominus."

 

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - December 2011

97+ Points "The 2009 Dominus flows from the glass with layers of highly expressive fruit. The wine possesses stunning richness, power and depth. Dark red fruit, tobacco, flowers and spices are woven into a seamless, beautifully articulated finish. Elegance and intensity are in perfect harmony here. This is a thrilling wine from Dominus."

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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 2009

DOMINUS 2009

The Dominus 2009 exemplifies the finest qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon from an ideal vintage. The nose, at once powerful yet restrained, is dense and filled with pure dark berry fruit and hints of sandalwood. On the palate is a harmonious blend of fresh plum and focused minerality with tannins that are firm, round and elegant. Spherical in quality, this wine is complete from start to finish. A sublime vintage. The 2009 vintage is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot.

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

Vintage Summary:

2009 was characterized by an ideal season. Plentiful rainfall in February and May abated winter drought concerns, and a mild spring with few temperature fluctuations contributed to even bud break and healthy bloom. Summer temperatures were consistently warm, without excessive heat spikes, and a long Indian summer allowed the berries to develop perfect complexity and ripeness. Harvest was an intense effort, beginning on October 5th and was completed on October 12th, just before the heavy rainfall on October 13th.  

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST:  October 5

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST:  October 12

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS:  40%

BOTTLING DATE:  June 2011

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED:  6000

RELEASE DATE: May 2012

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium

nose

Intense and Refined

recommend

No

taste

Unbalanced and Elegant

Written Notes

Dominus 2009 / great aromatics, an earth and tobacco component, excellent cassis and red fruit with silky mouth feel, long, balanced, not as extracted as some but very well knit- 94 points"    This was a bit of a surprise;  I love Dominus but usually feel that it needs 10+ years of bottle age to show its stuff.  36th wine of the tasting.

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Deep ruby. Rich nose, layered, complex, dark berries, scented, anise and blueberries, leather, faint tobacco note. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, lively, rich and complex, long finish. 93

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Information

Origin

Napa, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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 Michael Jones, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Dominus 2009  ( Dominus Estate )

Dominus 2009 / great aromatics, an earth and tobacco component, excellent cassis and red fruit with silky mouth feel, long, balanced, not as extracted as some but very well knit- 94 points"    This was a bit of a surprise;  I love Dominus but usually feel that it needs 10+ years of bottle age to show its stuff.  36th wine of the tasting.

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Dominus 2009  ( Dominus Estate )

Deep ruby. Rich nose, layered, complex, dark berries, scented, anise and blueberries, leather, faint tobacco note. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, lively, rich and complex, long finish. 93

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