Medium to deep garnet color. Dried cherry, mulberry, loam, espresso and tobacco aromas with a hint of dried mint. On the palate a savory / meaty character comes through. A firm backbone of high acidity and a medium+ level of firm tannins give good structure. Medium to full bodied, very long finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 88 points
The last vintage of the century will be remembered for its exceptional quality. This vintage was characterized by its extremely long growing season - a season where patience eventually paid dividends in the form of wine with outstanding character and complexity.The 1999 vintage is beautifully harmonious with an inviting color and a very full body. This wine starts with a delicate entry of black cherry aromas, evolving toward impressively structured tannins. The long, fragrant finish reveals ...
Medium red-ruby. Spicy red- and blackcurrant, plum, currant leaf and mocha on the claret-like nose. Dense and rich, with spicy red berry and lightly floral flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity....
13% Cabernet Franc; 9% Merlot; 3% Petit Verdot. Dominus, it seems, is a typically a wine that defies simple description, and it more often than not has pieces to love and some to hate. In this incarna...
Robert Parker(2006 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 05/16/2010
Wine & Spirits(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.
Wine Advocate(1992 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 6/95.
Robert Parker(2007 Vintage) Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/01/2009
International Wine Cellar(1990 Vintage) 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.