184 Ratings
Dominus Estate Red Wine Napa Valley
$172.99 USD
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Winemaker's Notes

A super nose of roasted coffee, chocolate, dried herbs, black fruits and kirsch is both intense and persuasive. The wine displays terrific richness, medium to full body, low acidity, a succulent, opulent texture, and superb purity. This beautifully made 1996 is one of the few wines that has successfully tamed the vintage's elevated tannin level.

Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 1989 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1989 Vintage)
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1992 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 6/95.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 05/16/2010
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/09. Youthfully floral and tight, this vintage of Dominus is a big wine that holds all of its weight behind a powerful structure. And it's the power of that structure that is front and center-red apple-skin acidity and walnut-skin tannin-needing a ribeye with plenty of fat to bring the fruit out of its cage. Stay with it and the wine's earthiness begins to meld with the blueberry and chocolate richness. But it's all completely primary. Put this away for ten years, and drink the Napanook while it matures.