(2011 Vintage) Only 6.4 inches of rainfall were recorded from January to June (versus 17.7 inches average). Low reserves of soil water limited vine growth. While average temperatures remained warm throughout spring and summer, no heat spikes were recorded in July, August or September. In terms of thermal time (growing degree days), the season was 18 days ahead of the norm at the beginning of harvest (September 10).
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines73% Cab. Sauv.; 15% Cab. Franc; 6% Merlot; 6% Petit Verdot. It is not the biggest or boldest Dominus bottling to have come our way, but this latest release manages a bit of appealing richness and rooty complexity that fills out its slightly more modest dose of central fruit. Framed with ample tannins and a bit too tough for drinking anytime soon, it will never be a "juicy" wine in the classic Californian style, but it should find increasing range as it softens over the next five years.
International Wine CellarDeep ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of currant, minerals, tobacco and lead pencil, plus a whiff of game. Lush, thick and rich; complex, mellow flavors of dark chocolate, mocha, smoked meat and soy sauce, firmed by a mineral spine and lively acidity. This is stuffed with fruit. Tannins build on the very long finish.