Dominus Estate Dominus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1997

$215

The 1997 Dominus, a blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 4.5% Merlot, is showing fabulously well. With 14.1% alcohol and a pH that would make many New World oenologists shudder (about 3.95), this wine is a fleshy, silky-textured, opulent wine with a gorgeous nose of roasted herbs, coffee, jammy black cherry and plum-like fruit. Asian spice, licorice, and blackberry and cherry notes with tobacco spice all add to this complex, very involved, yet gorgeously symmetrical Dominus. The wine is medium to full-bodied, very concentrated, and silky-textured. It is gorgeous to drink now, but should age easily for 10-15 years. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Bob McDonald Delectable Pro

Had friends over for lunch on Saturday and had a match off with this 1997 Dominus with a 1997 Wynns John Riddoch - both from magnum. This Dominus I first tried at TriBeCa Grill in New York about 8 years ago and it was a wow wine for me. In fact the best Cabernet I had ever had outside of Bordeaux. No detailed notes but this was more savoury and less fruit driven than I remember. The consensus around the table was in favour of the Riddoch with me as the sole vote for the Dominus. No detailed tasting notes.

Had friends over for lunch on Saturday and had a match off with this 1997 Dominus with a 1997 Wynns John Riddoch - both from magnum. This Dominus I first tried at TriBeCa Grill in New York about 8 years ago and it was a wow wine for me. In fact the best Cabernet I had ever had outside of Bordeaux. No detailed notes but this was more savoury and less fruit driven than I remember. The consensus around the table was in favour of the Riddoch with me as the sole vote for the Dominus. No detailed tasting notes.

9.4

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Didn't wow me. Something was missing and it didn't compete favorably vs most of the competition. A bit hollow, lacked complexity and possessed very little punch or profound fruit. Perhaps it was an off bottle but it wasn't obviously flawed or compromised.

Didn't wow me. Something was missing and it didn't compete favorably vs most of the competition. A bit hollow, lacked complexity and possessed very little punch or profound fruit. Perhaps it was an off bottle but it wasn't obviously flawed or compromised.

8.8

LM Segal Delectable Pro

Dark and smoky but fading cassis powers a medium-bodied rainbow of red flowers and fruit. So much going on, completely knit and on the verge of its descent. Class on steroids.

Dark and smoky but fading cassis powers a medium-bodied rainbow of red flowers and fruit. So much going on, completely knit and on the verge of its descent. Class on steroids.

9.5

Andrew S Delectable Pro

This tastes the way wine should taste. Savory leathers, forest floor, dark and red fruits, toasted pine nut, and a two minute finish.

This tastes the way wine should taste. Savory leathers, forest floor, dark and red fruits, toasted pine nut, and a two minute finish.

9.5

Craig Haserot Delectable Pro

Founder and Proprietor Sojourn Cellars

Mature. And really nice space, but drink up.

Mature. And really nice space, but drink up.

9.3

Adam Nelson Delectable Pro

One of the best Napa cabs I've had and structure is still there.

One of the best Napa cabs I've had and structure is still there.

9.7

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

Sadly, this bottle was too tired (old worn leather)

Sadly, this bottle was too tired (old worn leather)

6.9

Mike Saviage Delectable Pro

A little closed down despite lots of air and patience. Showed some of what it has but I've had better examples of this.

A little closed down despite lots of air and patience. Showed some of what it has but I've had better examples of this.

9.1

Yeshua Goodman Delectable Pro

Beverage Manager at Grand Wailea

Wow

Wow

9.5

Jeremiah Allen Delectable Pro

Showing greatness

Showing greatness

9.3

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