Dominus Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1994

9.336 ratings on Delectable
$325

Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. I have had a difficult time keeping the corks in my bottles of 1994 Dominus. Eight-thousand cases were produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. In this vintage, 174 days passed between bud break and the harvest, a remarkable period of time for any wine region in the world. The 1994 is a strikingly thick, compellingly rich wine with the texture of a great Pomerol, despite being made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a dense purple color, and an incredibly fragrant nose of jammy black fruits, spice, smoke, and loamy, truffle-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, with thrilling levels of extract and richness, but no sense of heaviness or harshness. This seamless Dominus possesses no hard edges, as its acidity, tannin, and alcohol are beautifully meshed with copious quantities of ripe fruit. This wine offers early drinking, yet has the potential to last for 30+ years. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Paul Schmidt

An incredible wine. It tasted as if it were just a few years old. Beautiful core of dark fruit and earth. A gorgeous expression of the valley. As Austin Peterson, Ovid Winemaker, said as we drank this "man California wine!"

An incredible wine. It tasted as if it were just a few years old. Beautiful core of dark fruit and earth. A gorgeous expression of the valley. As Austin Peterson, Ovid Winemaker, said as we drank this "man California wine!"

9.7

Adam Crane Delectable Pro

If only all Napa was this good...

If only all Napa was this good...

9.7

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

The real deal. This was the best Napa wine I've had in awhile. Has the makings of one of Napa's benchmark wines for the ages. Thanks Tom Weldon

The real deal. This was the best Napa wine I've had in awhile. Has the makings of one of Napa's benchmark wines for the ages. Thanks Tom Weldon

9.8

Alex Crangle Delectable Pro

Assistant Winemaker Balo Vineyards

Still needs time. Tannins quiver in the squall.

Still needs time. Tannins quiver in the squall.

9.2

Oumy Diaw Delectable Pro

Sommelier The Champagne Sommelier

Tannins still present but seems too overwhelming 2

Tannins still present but seems too overwhelming 2

7.4

Maayan Koschitzky Delectable Pro

The wine is still very much a live with good acidity and a touch of brett

The wine is still very much a live with good acidity and a touch of brett

9.1

Jason Cooper Delectable Pro

20 year old wine for a fairly significant birthday...

20 year old wine for a fairly significant birthday...

10

S Mead

Ross's wedding day.

Ross's wedding day.

9.1

Martin G Rivard

OMG!! What a sick bottle of wine this is. Drinks like a Fine French Bordeaux!!! Forest floor, earth, a little funk on the nose, very well structured and a phenomenal finish. If only I would have bought this for the release price of $69!! Would have, could have, should have, as they say!!

OMG!! What a sick bottle of wine this is. Drinks like a Fine French Bordeaux!!! Forest floor, earth, a little funk on the nose, very well structured and a phenomenal finish. If only I would have bought this for the release price of $69!! Would have, could have, should have, as they say!!

9.8

Martin G Rivard

We tipped our hat to Napa perfection at copying a beautiful French Bordeaux. This may very well have been the WOTN! Such elegance in a glass!

We tipped our hat to Napa perfection at copying a beautiful French Bordeaux. This may very well have been the WOTN! Such elegance in a glass!

9.7