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1995 Dominus Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

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 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 through a partnership with and eventual... More »

Score
89
IWC 93
WS 87
WA 93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2009-2011 WA: 1997-2017 WS: 2000-2005
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 85

Full deep red. Sexy, perfumed aromas of black and red raspberry, currant, plum, graphite and spicy oak. Supple entry, then bright and sharply delineated thanks to firm acids. Fruit-driven flavors of currant, cherry and leather. Expands nicely on the aftertaste. Tannins are suaver than those of the '96.

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WA 93
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 114
Drink Dates 1997-2017

Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. The 1995 Dominus (6,000 cases produced from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, and 4% Merlot) is a ripe, plummy, supple, expansively-flavored wine with copious quantities of black currant fruit. Full-bodied and low in acidity, it possesses exceptional concentration and purity. Qualitatively, it is built along the lines of the 1992 and 1990. While it is not as powerful or intense as the 1996 or 1994, the 1995 is a large-scaled, rich, concentrated wine that should provide splendid drinking for two decades.

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WS 87
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2000-2005

A lighter style, with a supple, polished texture and some vegetal notes leading into cherry and plum flavors. Perhaps the lightest Dominus ever. Should drink well early, and does not appear to be a long ager. 6,000 cases made.

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Author Oenodoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.115%
Tasted On 06/04/2012
Drink Dates

I opened a magnum for my 60th birthday. I found this wine good but was somewhat disappointed as the fruit is fading and it seemed to lack complexity. A bit thin on the nose, and just not what I had hoped. I think winemaking techniques have improved exponentially over the past 15 years and prefer younger vintages from this producer.

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Author StuTarheel
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.417%
Tasted On 02/19/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2012

A little past its peak but still delicious. Ripe red berry and red currant fruit framed but sandalwood and spices. Medium bodied with soft, rounded tannins. Pleasant, lingering finish.

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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.655%
Tasted On 08/21/2011

Bordeaux-like, has lost a bit of it's fruit. Drink now

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Author Wine365
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.429%
Tasted On 10/30/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2013

I don't see this getting any better with time.

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Author Butler wan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 10/09/2010
Drink Dates 2005-2025

Opened and double-decanted 4 hours prior to drinking. Colour dar ruby red fading almost imperceptibly to garnet at the rim. Initial aromas of cedar, spice and mocha developed considerably between opening and pouring, with a huge, intense bouquet promising more on the palate, which didn't disappoint. Up front punch of black cherry and chocolate with subtle earth/woody notes characterised the palate, with extraordinary length and srill persistent and very fine tannins. Lingering tastes of pipe tobacco and mocha were a real treat. There's life in this yet - probably at its best over the next 5-10 years.

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Author Kiki
Site / Blog kelly@kellyflemingwines.com  Trust Rating 97.778%
Tasted On 02/27/2010
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surprisingly aged very well nice fruit and balance not weedey or menthol like most yountville wines pleasant surprise

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Author Rick H.
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.402%
Tasted On 09/01/2009

Compared to the amazing bottle I had last year, it was shocking to find that this bottle was over the hill. Utterly disappointing.

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Author grapist
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.833%
Tasted On 06/20/2009
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Author Gregg F
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95%
Tasted On 04/01/2009
Drink Dates 2009

Great nose, showed well after some time to blow off - time to drink.

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Author Greg G
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 04/01/2005

Dinner with Jeff, Mark and Penn at Cafe Ponte. Beautiful wine but still a little closed for me. I'd have to differ with Kris's suggestion that this wine is ready to drink now. Great backbone, lots of tannins still present, and a bit of a sharp finish early on. After about 90 minuters this wine began to open up and showed lots of tar, cassis, smoke and roasted meat characteristics. Still though, I'd give it 5 more years minimum to have it reach the perfect drinking window.

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