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Dominus is created by French winemaker Christian Moueix, who crafted the wines of Chateau Petrus (a bottle of which recently sold at auction as one of the most expensive wines ever sold). The Dominus estate owns the historic Napanook Vineyard that was the base of so many of the historic Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignons of the 1950s and 1960s. It is considered one of the finest reds of Napa Valley.
Christian Moueix’s approach to creating wines of stature and longevity in Napa’s fertile and warm climate wasn’t always as popular as it is today. It started with his search for the perfect piece of land where he could realize his dream of creating a Napa Valley Cabernet to rival the First Growths of Bordeaux. This didn’t happen overnight, in fact the entire vineyard that feeds Dominus was reorganized and replanted over the last three decades to take better advantage of the varieties, expositions and spacing that would best express this esteemed terroir. The introduction of Tod Mostero as vineyard manager and winemaker was another big step in the right direction.
The 1984 Dominus Estate is the second vintage produced by the John Daniel Society solely from Bordeaux varieties grown at Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, California. Specific vineyard blocks were selected just before picking, an annual practice that ensures that only the highest quality fruit is used in making Dominus Estate.
The 1984 vintage is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot.
The 1984 Dominus Estate has a beautiful deep ruby color and a spicy nose with light cassis notes. It is a rich, fleshy wine with tannins that are already beginning to soften. Christian Moueix recommends decanting an hour before serving to allow the full potential to show.
The portrait for the 1984 Dominus Estate label was done by contemporary American artist Larry Rivers.
Although winter rainfall was just shy of normal (35.68 inches), 25 inches fell in November and December. May, June and August were moderate in temperature, but July and September were extremely hot, of 20 days over 100 degrees, six were in July and eight in September.
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 2
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 12
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: July 1986
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 4200
RELEASE DATE: March 1988