This is a Christian Moueix venture in California that was quick to achieve cult status. Its fame is such that demand far outweighs supply of the limited production Dominus wine. At Dominus Estate centuries’ old traditions of grape-growing and winemaking are combined with innovative practices to transform the highest quality grapes into fine wines with a great potential for ageing. Dominus Estate works toward producing distinctive wines that express the essence of the historical Napanook vineyard.
The 2013 Dominus overwhelms all the senses with its magnificent overall balance and towering intensity. Deep and nearly impenetrable in the glass, the 2013 boasts off the charts dry extract and overall power. Violets, smoke, black cherries, menthol, incense, crème de cassis and dark spices are some of the many signatures that take shape in the glass. Even better in bottle than it was in barrel, the 2013 is utterly magnificent. This is a remarkably vivid, nuanced wine considering its sheer size. [100 Points, Antonio Galloni – October 2015, vinous.com]