Friday, June 3, 2011

99 Points And A Great Dominus For The Cellar

2008 Dominus Estate

The new vintage of Dominus will be here on Tuesday. It is the much anticipated and highly rated 2008 vintage. Robert Parker rated the 2008 at 99 points which ties it with the 1994 as the highest rated Dominus ever!

Only three Cabernet based wines from Napa in 2008 outscored Dominus, receiving 100 point scores, but they sell for two to three times the price, a lot to pay for one point!

There won’t be as much wine to go around with the 2008. The production of the 2008 was about 20% lower than that of the 2007 vintage. We were able to keep the 2007 in stock for a little while, but we’re not sure if we’ll be able to do the same with the 2008.

The blend for the 2008 Dominus Estate is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petite Verdot. The price is $169.00 per bottle on sale.

Robert Parker 99 Points-- Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years.

This estate, owned by Christian Moueix, includes the famed Napanook Vineyard that was the base of so many of the historic Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignons of the 1950s and 1960s. Interestingly, they have completely eliminated Merlot from the bottling....There are 4,200 cases of the 2008 Dominus which is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Lower yields resulted in a denser, more concentrated wine. The remarkable thing about these cuvees is that they smell like a hypothetical blend of a top Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and a serious Bordeaux, possibly a cross blend of a Pomerol and Pauillac. Both wines possess silky sweet tannins, which is the big difference between Dominus post-1990 and the first seven vintages, where the tannin content was relatively high. About 40% new oak is used in their upbringing...

More Information: 2008 Dominus Estate

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