Wednesday, September 26, 2007

2002 Dominus Estate Proprietary Red

Winery: Dominus Estate
Wine: 2002 Proprietary Red
Winemaker: Christian Moueix and team
Appelation: Yountville, CA
Estimated Cost: $125

The 2002 Dominus Proprietary Red is a great wine, maybe even a classic. Dominus Estate is owned and managed by Christian Moueix, who's family also owns ten chateaux in Bordeaux including Chateau Petrus - one of the world's most sought after wines. Christian Moueix oversees the operations of each of the ten properties owned by the Moueix family. I found this wine to be a perfect balance of European elegance and California power. The blend consists of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot. The wine spent approximately 18 months in barrels, 40% of which were new. In the glass it is deep ruby/purple at the core and a lighter, garnet red at the rim. Its alluring nose is rich with blackberries, cassis, wet stone, smoke and licorice. On the palate, the '02 Dominus delivers tons of ripe, red raspberries, black cherries, blackberries, crushed rocks and mocha wrapped around a core of firm, finely grained, sweet tannins, which gracefully expand and unfold while contributing to this wine's sixty second finish. The oak is present, but subtle and lends a hand only when asked. The '02 Dominus is evolving at a glacial pace for a Napa red, and its substantial structure suggests that it will be at least another five years before this wine is fully mature. Decanting this complex and concentrated wine several hours in advance of consuming it will greatly enhance its performance. 95+ pts. find it

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