Dominus Napa Valley Red 2019
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
A vivid expression of its unique site, Dominus is a profound and powerful wine, exemplifying purity. With articulated fruit and polished tannins, the wine has elegance, complexity, great length and improves with age.
100 POINTS | The Wine Independent | Lisa Perrotti Brown (formerly R. Parker)
“...beguiling floral notes of candied violets and rose oil over a core of crème de cassis, blackberry
pie, and plum preserves, giving way to notions of licorice, Indian spices, iron ore, and crushed
rocks. Full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with taut, muscular black fruit layers, intertwined
with gorgeous floral and exotic spice accents, and framed by firm, finely grained tannins with
seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral-laced. Tightly coiled with so much latent energy
waiting to explode, this is a spectacular expression of the vintage and Napanook vineyard...”
"Lots of crushed stone, lead pencil and licorice aromas that are extremely aromatic and bright. Black cherries, cloves and purple fruit, too. Full body and a round and ripe center-palate with a juicy interior. It opens at the end with a savory and juicy finish. Layered and beautiful. Drinkable now, but better in three or four years."
“...Impressively dark-hued in the glass, it yields scents of cherries and cassis on the nose – or is it black cherries and redcurrants? Subtle notes of mocha, pencil shavings and almost Graves-like earthiness wind through the concentrated, medium to full-bodied palate, giving it a sense of savory gravitas, while the finish is silky and long, leaving a lingering residue of soft tannins and mouthwatering freshness.”
A loaded wine, though reserved in style, with waves of dense cassis, plum reduction and blackberry preserves moving through authoritatively, while sweet bay leaf, warm loam and tobacco accents fill in the background. The long cast iron spine is deeply buried in the fruit, and this has superior cut and drive. Built for serious cellaring, too. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2024 through 2040.