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1990 Dominus Estate Red Wine Napa Valley
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1990 Dominus Estate Red Wine Napa Valley

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December 1989 was the first rainless December in this century, and only 18 inches of rain had fallen since the previous July. As the month of May began, the season appeared to be headed toward drought. The 4 inches of rain at the end of May saved the vintage. August and September were neither too hot, nor too cool, and allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and fully, with well-balanced acid and mature tannins. Fact Sheet Beginning date of harvest: 09/11/1990 Ending date of harvest: 09/29/1990 Average read more...December 1989 was the first rainless December in this century, and only 18 inches of rain had fallen since the previous July. As the month of May began, the season appeared to be headed toward drought. The 4 inches of rain at the end of May saved the vintage. August and September were neither too hot, nor too cool, and allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and fully, with well-balanced acid and mature tannins. Fact Sheet Beginning date of harvest: 09/11/1990 Ending date of harvest: 09/29/1990 Average days of Cuvaison: 18 days Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot Barrel regime: 16 months in French oak barrels — hand racked every three months Percentage of new oak: 30% (hide)

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December 1989 was the first rainless December in this century, and only 18 inches of rain had fallen since the previous July. As the month of May began, the season appeared to be headed toward drought. The 4 inches of rain at the end of May saved the vintage. August and September were neither too hot, nor too cool, and allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and fully, with well-balanced acid and mature tannins. Fact Sheet Beginning date of harvest: 09/11/1990 Ending date of harvest: 09/29/1990 Average read more...December 1989 was the first rainless December in this century, and only 18 inches of rain had fallen since the previous July. As the month of May began, the season appeared to be headed toward drought. The 4 inches of rain at the end of May saved the vintage. August and September were neither too hot, nor too cool, and allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and fully, with well-balanced acid and mature tannins. Fact Sheet Beginning date of harvest: 09/11/1990 Ending date of harvest: 09/29/1990 Average days of Cuvaison: 18 days Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot Barrel regime: 16 months in French oak barrels — hand racked every three months Percentage of new oak: 30% (hide)

Expert Reviews
  • International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 85, July/August 1999. Deep red-ruby. Knockout, Bordeaux-like aromas of cherry syrup, plum, chocolate, mocha and brown spices, plus a faint vegetal complexity. Sweet, smooth and ripe, if not quite as dense as the extraordinary '91. Excellent acidity gives the flavors lovely clarity. Finishes firmly tannic and very long. Extremely suave wine.