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  • Country ranking ?

    482
  • Producer ranking ?

    18
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Grilled Beef Medallions served over Corn Pie Puree

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The Story

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.

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Wine Information

DOMINUS 2006

The Dominus 2006 epitomizes the best qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon in a top terroir of Napa Valley. At first, the wine displays tremendous power. Then, it surprises by the purity of the fruit and the lingering finesse. It clearly possesses a fantastic aptitude for 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.

“When I drank Dominus 2006 in Europe recently, it confirmed what is for me the best definition of a great wine,” Christian Moueix declared. “This wine travels well. Dare I say that the 2006 vintage is our best so far.”

The 2006 blend is comprised of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. No Merlot was used in the blend this year.

Vintage Summary:

The 2006 growing season started late; bud-break was delayed by very wet and cold weather throughout winter and early spring. An exceptionally hot mid-summer season helped accelerate growth. By the end of July, when temperatures soared over 100° F on eight days, the vines had entered into a more typical cycle. Beautiful weather followed in August, with characteristic warm days and cool nights. Mid-veraison was observed on August 8. Mild temperatures throughout the months of September and October allowed for increased hang-time and favored perfect ripening.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: October 2

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 26

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

BOTTLING DATE: June 2008

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6000

RELEASE DATE: June 2009

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep and Healthy

ending

Long, Round and Flavorful

nose

Intense, Opulent and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Well-Integrated, Complex, Good texture, Full-bodied, Elegant, Jammy, Vivid and Medium-Dry

Verdict

Transparent and Intelligent

Written Notes

Starting to take on the tertiary character of ripe fruit and savory components with dusty tannins. Full and round with a lovely texture and a light salty, meaty and tobacco character. Forest floor. Sweet and sour. Just opening.
W&S93
 

 

  • 96p

Auf wenig Gegenliebe stieß ausgerechnet der 2006 Dominus aus der Imperiale. Der hatte zwar eine tiefe, jugendliche Farbe und eine schöne, fleischige Nase, wirkte aber am Gaumen unnahbar und etwas flach und verschlossen. Den konnte unser Star-Sommelier nur bei denen unterbringen, die mal gerade nicht aufpassten und plötzlich wieder ein volles Glas vor sich hatten. Ergab bei mir zunächst für einen Dominus mickrige WT92. Erst tief in der Nacht konnte ich dann zusammen mit Christoph das Dominus-Wunder bestaunen. Nach wohl weit über fünf Stunden in der großen Karaffe, in der sich noch ein paar Liter befanden, blühte dieser Dominus auf. Zur fantastischen Frucht aus Schwarzkirsche und Brombeere kam eine einfach geile Fruchtsüße, die jüngere, kalifornische Boliden oft so unwiderstehlich macht, die Tannine wirkten weicher, da kamen enormer Druck und Länge am Gaumen, locker WT96. Klar, das war nicht mehr der Dominus der 80er und 90er mit der klassischen Bordeaux-Stilistik. Dominus war inzwischen voll in Kalifornien angekommen, mehr Camus als Pauillac, aber sehr faszinierend. Da hätte ich jetzt mit Christoph und seinem Vater, diesem spendablen Gastgeber, die Nacht zum Tag mach sollen, um die Entwicklung dieses Dominus bis zum Frühstück weiter zu verfolgen. Aber ich muss wohl an meiner Kondition wieder etwas arbeiten.

  • 92p
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Origin

Yountville, Napa Valley

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