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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.
2001 was characterized by an early bloom and long growing season that yielded grapes of exceptional maturity. The low rainfall brought stress to the vines, contributing to the intensity and complexity of the fruit.
The 2001 vintage has a dark ruby color with a luxuriant nose of licorice, exotic spices, Bing cherries and an essence of roses. This wine has the unique ability to be rich and complex while possessing a smooth and silky texture. The evolution of flavor develops like a crescendo into an intense finish of cloves and aromatic cassis.
The 2001 blend includes 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
This elegant wine is truly a classic, and will benefit from years of aging. 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.
Well below-average rainfall characterized the winter, with the last precipitation on April 20, 2001. April got underway with a freeze on the 3rd, requiring diligent use of frost protection equipment. The remainder of the spring was warm and saw rapid growth and development of the vines. Bloom started in early May, well ahead of schedule. All indications pointed to a very good vintage. Moderately warm summer months provided conditions for slow maturation and even ripening. The cool month of September allowed the fruit to continue to mature slowly, which gave us the time to pay attention to even the smallest detail in each vineyard block.
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 15
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 13
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%
BOTTLING DATE: August 2003
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 7000
RELEASE DATE: September 2004