Dominus Estate

Dominus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.3144 ratings
9.240 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Pungent Cheese, Herbs, Salami & Prosciutto, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Onion, Beans & Peas
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9.8

The 2001 Dominus is one of the most backward wines of the vintage. Readers who own it will have to be patient, as the 2001 needs a few years to still be at its best! Time in the glass brings out huge dark fruit along with hints of iron, gravel, spice and leather that add to its brooding, imposing personality. The 2001 is approachable with a few hours of air, but is very much a powerhouse. Boris Champy was the winemaker, while Jean-Claude Berrouet was the consulting winemaker. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2023)

The 2001 Dominus is one of the most backward wines of the vintage. Readers who own it will have to be patient, as the 2001 needs a few years to still be at its best! Time in the glass brings out huge dark fruit along with hints of iron, gravel, spice and leather that add to its brooding, imposing personality. The 2001 is approachable with a few hours of air, but is very much a powerhouse. Boris Champy was the winemaker, while Jean-Claude Berrouet was the consulting winemaker. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2023)

Apr 13th, 2023
Mike Saviage

Dark black color and entirely opaque. Fruit forward nose. Notes of black cherry, spice, tobacco leaf, leather saddle and some wood. Massive fruit and structure in the mouth. Acidity is present but in balance with fruit and structure. Tannins somewhat softened. Rich in the mouth. Long finish. An excellent wine. While I guessed the other 2 Cabs as new world I thought this was a younger Lafite or Mouton. Well made juice!

Dark black color and entirely opaque. Fruit forward nose. Notes of black cherry, spice, tobacco leaf, leather saddle and some wood. Massive fruit and structure in the mouth. Acidity is present but in balance with fruit and structure. Tannins somewhat softened. Rich in the mouth. Long finish. An excellent wine. While I guessed the other 2 Cabs as new world I thought this was a younger Lafite or Mouton. Well made juice!

Jun 23rd, 2021
LM Segal

Modest showing for a profound wine. A slightly tannic and drying tail was the sole detractor from a perfectly balanced, wonderfully integrated and cassis-laden gem.

Modest showing for a profound wine. A slightly tannic and drying tail was the sole detractor from a perfectly balanced, wonderfully integrated and cassis-laden gem.

Aug 31st, 2020
Jay Eagan

A little tried on the first sip but 45 minutes in it is dark plum with leather and a cigar box finish that last 15 - 20 seconds. That said time to drink ‘em.

A little tried on the first sip but 45 minutes in it is dark plum with leather and a cigar box finish that last 15 - 20 seconds. That said time to drink ‘em.

Apr 20th, 2020
Rick Baumgarten

First bottle in our Dominus vertical from ‘01 to ‘13 at Formento. It didn’t get any better as this was the consensus WOTN. 2001 Napa Cabs remain awesome.

First bottle in our Dominus vertical from ‘01 to ‘13 at Formento. It didn’t get any better as this was the consensus WOTN. 2001 Napa Cabs remain awesome.

Jan 12th, 2020
Bill Bender

Fine integrated tannins combined with a plush core of blackberry fruit, lead pencil, coffee grounds and sweet licorice. This was truly phenomenal. Not fading in the least. Powerful and dense with a velvet smooth sexy finish.

Fine integrated tannins combined with a plush core of blackberry fruit, lead pencil, coffee grounds and sweet licorice. This was truly phenomenal. Not fading in the least. Powerful and dense with a velvet smooth sexy finish.

Jul 19th, 2018
Bob McDonald

Cassis Plum, also a touch of camphor and a totally integrated oak component. Medium Intensity with perfect balance. Tannins are soft silky and loong!! Totally harmonious.

Cassis Plum, also a touch of camphor and a totally integrated oak component. Medium Intensity with perfect balance. Tannins are soft silky and loong!! Totally harmonious.

Oct 4th, 2017
Andrew S

Medium purple in the glass with a touch of brick reflections at the rim. Fairly closed nose at first, opened up over 1-2 hours. Dark berries, anise, vanilla. Caramel and sweeter tannins. Nice length and balance. Half the groups favorite. My third favorite.

Medium purple in the glass with a touch of brick reflections at the rim. Fairly closed nose at first, opened up over 1-2 hours. Dark berries, anise, vanilla. Caramel and sweeter tannins. Nice length and balance. Half the groups favorite. My third favorite.

Apr 16th, 2017
Lynn La Chapelle

One of my favorite Napa cabs in the Bordeaux style

One of my favorite Napa cabs in the Bordeaux style

Dec 26th, 2016
Jonathan Maltus

Thought it was Bordeaux

Thought it was Bordeaux

Apr 23rd, 2016