Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 2012


Yountville, Napa Valley - California, USA

750ml / 14.3% ABV 

Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Collectible, Great Gift

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The exuberance and drama in the stunning nose of the dense plum-colored 2012 Dominus offer up notes of Asian spice, ripe, black currants, kirsch, tobacco leaf and Christmas fruitcake. It is full-bodied and opulent, with no hard edges, a seamless integration of acidity, wood and tannin and a density and richness that are built to go on for 25-30 years.

98 points James Suckling

Fabulous purity and clarity of fruit. Blackcurrants, blackberries and violets. Full body, big soft tannins and a chocolate, hazelnut and dark fruit character. Some hot stones. Fruit at the finish. Ripe and velvety finish. Better in 2020 but delicious to drink now. Wonderful Dominus.

95 points Wine Enthusiast

A magical blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, this estate-crafted blend exudes elegance, etching out silos of herb, lavender, cedar and earth around savory-laced texture. A powerful concentration of dark chocolate appears on the lengthy finish, the wine sourced from dry-farmed, impeccably tended vines. Cellar through 2027. Editor's Choice.

95 points Wilfred Wong of Wine.com

The 2012 Dominus Red—a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot—is one of the winery's best efforts to date. Currently a brooding wine—displaying brooding black fruit, dust, and tar—this wine looks like a keeper and one that requires time in the bottle. (Tasted: October 10, 2016, San Francisco, CA)

94 points Wine Spectator

Deftly balanced, with an enticing mix of gravelly, loamy earth, dried berry, cedar and cigar box, all rich and extracted. Ends with raw, assertive tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2030.

94 points Wine & Spirits

If you’re used to riper styles of Napa Valley cabernet, give yourself time to adjust to the savory profile of one of the region’s oldest vineyard sites. Dominus sits on a rocky alluvial fan, a gentle benchland slope nestled into the western hills of Yountville. If, like some of their neighbors, Christian Moueix and Tod Mostero pushed the vines to extreme ripeness, you would find a sweeter wine in the glass. But they prefer to farm the vineyard so they can capture it at the moment when the grapes will sustain their distinctive flavors, yielding precision and detail in their tannins rather than the creamy smoothness that has come to define Napa Valley luxury wine. In fact, the 2012 vintage does provide a hint of sweetness in the end, red-fruited, bright and filled with youthful energy. That energy circulates through the wine in the fresh scent of bay and madrone, while the tannins gird the fruit for a long life ahead.
The Dominus 2012 exemplifies the finest qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon from an ideal vintage. The intriguing nose offers a depth of aromas including lavender, Asian spices and cedar. Soft, supple tannins buoy layers of dark earth and cocoa. The wine is racy yet refined with a long elegant finish.
Foods to compliment this fantastic red blend is a rib roast with horseradish sauce, red wine-based short ribs, new york steak, grilled lamb chops, pancetta-wrapped lamb loin, blue cheese.  Yum!




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