Dominus Estate Dominus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

$199.99

The new vintage of Dominus Estate 2012 Proprietary Red now available for *pre-order* (ship late June) 99 points Robert Parker: "Flirting with perfection, the 2012 Dominus is composed of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Five thousand cases were produced, a relatively modest amount from this large vineyard’s big crop. Christian Moueix told me that there was plenty of heat in 2012, but there were no excessive hot spells that can plague Napa Valley vintners during the growing season and harvest. This wine’s opaque plum/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful nose of sweet crème de cassis, a touch of background oak (only 40% new oak is used), spice box, cedarwood, black cherries and a hint of spring flowers. The complex, intense aromatics are followed by a deep, opulent, multidimensional, full-bodied wine with not a hard edge to be found. Everything is seamlessly crafted in this beauty and the vintage’s abundant richness is well-displayed. This 2012 can be drunk in its exuberant youthfulness or cellared for another 20-25 years. " 98 points James Suckling: "An exciting Dominus, with clarity of fruit and soil on the nose and palate. Lots of blackcurrant, blackberry, violet and stone. Full body with big, soft tannins and chocolate, hazelnut and dark fruit character. Try in 2020. " 97 points Antonio Galloni: "A towering, majestic wine, the 2012 Dominus is a real stunner. Opulent and intense, yet backed up by a classic expression of acidity and tannin, the 2012 hits the palate with considerable richness. Graphite, dark red and black stone fruits, tobacco and incense soar from the glass as this voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its irresistible sexy personality. Expressive floral notes add lift on the finish. The 2012 has become a bit more tender than it was last year, which is excellent news for Dominus fans, especially with super powerful 2013s lurking right around the corner." 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

Renato Hoyle Delectable Pro

Smooth, balanced, blueberry. Wonderful

Smooth, balanced, blueberry. Wonderful

9.8

Matt Lasater Delectable Pro

Really dark, cooked black fruit, fig-like, roasted coffee, liqueur, herbal tones and warm earth. There’s surprising richness and concentration here.

Really dark, cooked black fruit, fig-like, roasted coffee, liqueur, herbal tones and warm earth. There’s surprising richness and concentration here.

9.0

Boxer Briefs Delectable Pro

Holy god this wine is good

Holy god this wine is good

10

Ralph DiBiasi Delectable Pro

Liquid chocolate

Liquid chocolate

9.5

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The 2012 Dominus is a real head-turner. Flashy, voluptuous and intense, but with tons of underlying concentration, the 2012 is simply magnificent. A towering, vertical Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 Dominus is one of the most concentrated wines of the vintage, yet it also maintains considerable freshness, the signature of a late-ripening vintage with no heat spikes. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Oct 2015)

The 2012 Dominus is a real head-turner. Flashy, voluptuous and intense, but with tons of underlying concentration, the 2012 is simply magnificent. A towering, vertical Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 Dominus is one of the most concentrated wines of the vintage, yet it also maintains considerable freshness, the signature of a late-ripening vintage with no heat spikes. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Oct 2015)

9.8

Dante Mondavi Delectable Pro

Vintner R A E N Winery

Very polished and smooth. Rich but not over the top. Def a huge fan

Very polished and smooth. Rich but not over the top. Def a huge fan

9.5

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, deep dense red with aromas of dark fruits, spice and oak with hints of sweetness. On the palate, ripe blackberry, cherry and sweet raspberry flavors, fragrant cedar, tobacco and cacao round out the taste. Firm yet supple tannins with integrated acidity carry this elegant wine to a lingering finish ending with earthy oak tones. Will age well for another decade. Tasting Sample.

A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, deep dense red with aromas of dark fruits, spice and oak with hints of sweetness. On the palate, ripe blackberry, cherry and sweet raspberry flavors, fragrant cedar, tobacco and cacao round out the taste. Firm yet supple tannins with integrated acidity carry this elegant wine to a lingering finish ending with earthy oak tones. Will age well for another decade. Tasting Sample.

9.7

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

The pair to the side by side w/ Backus (and 100 pt to boot). Completely balanced! Lucious dark red fruit, silky velvet over the whole mouth - simply lovely!!

The pair to the side by side w/ Backus (and 100 pt to boot). Completely balanced! Lucious dark red fruit, silky velvet over the whole mouth - simply lovely!!

9.6

Antonio Galloni Delectable Pro

Founder, Vinous

Yeah, I know, too young. Such is the nature of most restaurant lists. Still, a stunning wine to share with the Vinous map team during our research of Yountville vineyards.

Yeah, I know, too young. Such is the nature of most restaurant lists. Still, a stunning wine to share with the Vinous map team during our research of Yountville vineyards.

9.8

David L Delectable Pro

12' Nice bottle

12' Nice bottle

9.3

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