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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.
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. The 1998 crop was relatively small due to rigorous crop thinning, concentrating the flavors in the clusters that remained.
The 1998 vintage has a deep garnet robe with a complex nose of figs, tobacco, toasted hazelnuts and wild strawberries. The voluptuous texture is surrounded by sweet tannins, with a pleasant and harmonious finish.
The 1998 blend includes 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.
We recommend decanting this wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young wines.
Vintage Summary:1998 was the viticulturist’s year; very challenging in all aspects. The very heavy rainfall from November 1997 through May 1998, combined with a rather cool spring, caused an extremely long blooming period and a very late harvest. Persistent and severe crop thinning allowed the remaining grapes to reach their full maturity during the unexpectedly warm month of September.
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 20
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 22
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%
BOTTLING DATE: July 2000
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6000
RELEASE DATE: April 2001