Dominus Estate

Dominus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.567 ratings
9.414 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.5

Weston hosted Friday group today and was it definitely a can’t miss tasting. Wow! Absolutely knocked it out of the park with heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Similar to Wednesday group, all wines are tasted blind.

This was red number one in a line of outstanding cabs. Obviously a baby, so the score reflects that, but in 15+ years, you can see the 100pt potential that it was decorated with upon release. Right now, it’s very red fruit dominant alongside herbal spice. Seemed to be the most harmonious (fruit vs secondary notes) out of the 5 cabs.

Weston hosted Friday group today and was it definitely a can’t miss tasting. Wow! Absolutely knocked it out of the park with heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Similar to Wednesday group, all wines are tasted blind.

This was red number one in a line of outstanding cabs. Obviously a baby, so the score reflects that, but in 15+ years, you can see the 100pt potential that it was decorated with upon release. Right now, it’s very red fruit dominant alongside herbal spice. Seemed to be the most harmonious (fruit vs secondary notes) out of the 5 cabs.

Feb 17th, 2018
James Forsyth

A stunner, though a little tight right now. Monumentally structured, the wine unfolds in the glass with new aspects of it revealed by the moment. Would it were that I had a case, I'd keep it for a decade or two hence.

A stunner, though a little tight right now. Monumentally structured, the wine unfolds in the glass with new aspects of it revealed by the moment. Would it were that I had a case, I'd keep it for a decade or two hence.

Dec 1st, 2017
Sean Genn

Kind of a shame to drink this so young. Decanted for 4 hours. Shows a lot of potential.

Kind of a shame to drink this so young. Decanted for 4 hours. Shows a lot of potential.

2 people found it helpfulSep 18th, 2016
Ron Siegel

This could be the best Dominus ever surpassing the great 91 & 94 vintages. Dominus always needs time in the cellar to develop and show its Bordeaux style character but this was surprisingly approachable after a 2 hr decant showing layers of dark fruits, cassis, violets, earth, mocha and spices, densely structured with great balance and length.

This could be the best Dominus ever surpassing the great 91 & 94 vintages. Dominus always needs time in the cellar to develop and show its Bordeaux style character but this was surprisingly approachable after a 2 hr decant showing layers of dark fruits, cassis, violets, earth, mocha and spices, densely structured with great balance and length.

1 person found it helpfulJan 22nd, 2017
Elsie W

Alcoholic Beverages General Sales Manager, Safeway

9.5

Such an amazing wine!!! It received three 100pt scores! OMG soooo good! Well balanced and loaded with dark fruity notes.

Such an amazing wine!!! It received three 100pt scores! OMG soooo good! Well balanced and loaded with dark fruity notes.

1 person found it helpfulDec 14th, 2016
Gordon Walker

Wow, so this what a 100 or wine tastes like. Relatively austere for Napa, herbaceousness, warm butteriness, deep black fruit, potpourri, violet, lush AF

Wow, so this what a 100 or wine tastes like. Relatively austere for Napa, herbaceousness, warm butteriness, deep black fruit, potpourri, violet, lush AF

1 person found it helpfulOct 21st, 2016
Henrik Poulsen

An early peak at 2013 Dominus Estate. Tons of potential so I'm at 93+

An early peak at 2013 Dominus Estate. Tons of potential so I'm at 93+

Feb 18th, 2016
Mark

In Palo Alto. 100 points across the board.

In Palo Alto. 100 points across the board.

Nov 27th, 2022
Scott Soren

While still on the younger side , it’s quite approachable now. It’s sexy and sublime. It would be tough to blind this not from France, but if you knew all the wines were from the US it would stand out like a sore thumb. sexy notes of blackberry and pencil shavings. Hints of white pepper and thyme. Silky tannins that still could use some time to integrate. Just awesome

While still on the younger side , it’s quite approachable now. It’s sexy and sublime. It would be tough to blind this not from France, but if you knew all the wines were from the US it would stand out like a sore thumb. sexy notes of blackberry and pencil shavings. Hints of white pepper and thyme. Silky tannins that still could use some time to integrate. Just awesome

Jul 18th, 2020
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Not the best looking cork for a 2013,
But easy to see the high ratings it received on release,
3 or 4 💯 from the so called professionals,
Has improved significantly since my last bottle in November,
.375 bottle

Not the best looking cork for a 2013,
But easy to see the high ratings it received on release,
3 or 4 💯 from the so called professionals,
Has improved significantly since my last bottle in November,
.375 bottle

Sep 6th, 2019