Dominus Estate Dominus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2011

$169

The new vintage of Dominus Estate 2011 Proprietary Red now available - limited. 94 Points Antonio Galloni: "Savory herbs, menthol, smoke and licorice are some of the aromas that open up in the glass in the 2011 Dominus.  This is a relatively immediate, expressive Dominus with plenty of near-term appeal.  The style is open and succulent for the year, with lovely balance and poise.  Crushed rose petals and dried herbs linger in the close. With time in the glass, the 2011 fleshes out nicely.  In 2011 Dominus is 86% Cabernet Sauvignonj, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc.."  Since its inaugural vintage in 1983, the wines of Dominus Estate have been crafted in a traditional and terroir-driven style by the luminous Christian Moueix of Chateau Petrus fame. Unable to pass up the change to make what he called the “Haut-Brion of Napa”, Moueix came to own the legendary Napanook Vineyard. Moueix eschews irrigation, acidification, and the heavy usage of oak common amongst his Napa colleagues. The exceptional terroir of Napanook in combination with his skillful viticulture and traditional winemaking techniques have repeatedly resulted in some of the most broadly enjoyable Napa Cabs available and clearly place Dominus in the upper echelon of this genre. 

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Ratings on Delectable

Julia Cochran Delectable Pro

Manager/Buyer The Wine Club-Santa Clara

Young and awkward now but lots of potential from an "off" vintage.

Young and awkward now but lots of potential from an "off" vintage.

8.5

Rebekah Wineburg Delectable Pro

Winemaker Buccella Wines

In an awkward stage?

In an awkward stage?

8.4

Big Bob Dillon aka G-Somm Delectable Pro

Too young , not showing well

Too young , not showing well

8.1

Mike R Delectable Pro

Ok I have been a little under the weather so just posting from this weekend and this was good to great but just not as good as the 10 and 12 and 13 is better but still loved it and gave me a smiley

Ok I have been a little under the weather so just posting from this weekend and this was good to great but just not as good as the 10 and 12 and 13 is better but still loved it and gave me a smiley

9.3

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

Red raspberry on he nose with a leather and tobacco finish

Red raspberry on he nose with a leather and tobacco finish

9.1

Riccardo L. Delectable Pro

Herbal, menthol, smoke, barrel, licorice and forest berries. What an impressive mixture of flavours! What a tour de force to pull off a wine like this on an off-year in Napa. So good.

Herbal, menthol, smoke, barrel, licorice and forest berries. What an impressive mixture of flavours! What a tour de force to pull off a wine like this on an off-year in Napa. So good.

9.4

R. Addison Wehrfritz Delectable Pro

'11 Dominus is like a teenage girl, moody and unpredictable

'11 Dominus is like a teenage girl, moody and unpredictable

7.8

R. Addison Wehrfritz Delectable Pro

2011 was a dark and wet vintage for Napa. This may explain the palpable tension that currently permeates this opulent, rich, yet nonetheless lacking red blend. With a gentle spin of your glass, tanned leather and dark fruit aromas are carried upward on a wave of ethanol vapor. This wave comes crashing down with a cheek grippingly sour finish that may convince you to give this vintage some time to mature.

2011 was a dark and wet vintage for Napa. This may explain the palpable tension that currently permeates this opulent, rich, yet nonetheless lacking red blend. With a gentle spin of your glass, tanned leather and dark fruit aromas are carried upward on a wave of ethanol vapor. This wave comes crashing down with a cheek grippingly sour finish that may convince you to give this vintage some time to mature.

7.9

Alex Powell Delectable Pro

Excellent napa cab, more classic than a good many bordeaux, with richness, structure and complexity to match most at the $200 mark as well. Lovely graphite, tilled earth, spruce and tobacco nose, refined cassis in background. Very elegant, mineral and long on the palate. 2011 vintage.

Excellent napa cab, more classic than a good many bordeaux, with richness, structure and complexity to match most at the $200 mark as well. Lovely graphite, tilled earth, spruce and tobacco nose, refined cassis in background. Very elegant, mineral and long on the palate. 2011 vintage.

9.2

M. Ventre Delectable Pro

Not bad.. But was really hoping for more..

Not bad.. But was really hoping for more..

9.1

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