2009 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Stunning nose of lavender and flowers. Currants and raspberries. Subtle and intriguing. Full and dense but wonderfully balanced with firm and silky tannins and a persistent finish. Dusty texture. A wine so balanced that you want to drink it already. Better in 2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Dominus saw about 40% new oak compared to the 20% for Napanook. A seamless classic, it offers a symphony of red and black currants, Asian plum sauce, lavender, and underbrush. Sweet Christmas fruitcake characteristics emerge from this magnificent Dominus that finished at 14.5% natural alcohol (slightly higher than usual). The seamless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol, the brilliant length and overall compelling complexity and richness make it one of the great classics from this historic estate. It should drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)
The 2009 Dominus has closed down quite a bit since I last tasted it. Today, all of the glorious fruit of the vintage is hiding behind a serious wall of tannin. The 2009 still possesses gorgeous inner perfume and plenty of sweetness, but little of the sexiness that will emerge over time. From time to time, the utter genius of the 2009 shows a glimpse of its potential. There is little doubt the 2009 will be a jewel once it awakens from what might very well be a long slumber. This is another wine that begs for patience. 97+ (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red color, more saturated than the Napanook. Knockout floral lift to the aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, blond tobacco, almond and mint. Suave, savory and extremely precise, with penetrating flavors of dark berries, licorice, minerals and cocoa powder. The Petit Verdot component acts as an amplifier of aromas and flavors, notes winemaker Tod Mostero, 'like a good seasoning.' Medicinal in a Bordeaux way. The finishes shows outstanding length, noteworthy juiciness, and firm, noble tannins. A great vintage for Dominus.
Delightfully harmonious given its intensity, with complex aromas of savory herbs, flowers, ripe and dried currant and berry, crushed rock and cedar flavors. Well-proportioned, focused and persistent. Very youthful and vibrant.
Mid ruby. Juicy, pure blackberry fruit. Ripe and sweet with flattering, creamy oak and very soft tannins. Very soft and modern indeed, then quite chewy on the finish. A little bit of savoury character to finish, but overall this is a modern, fruit-driven example. Seems to have much more to give. (17.5/20 points)
Christian Moueix owns some of the most remarkable estates in Bordeaux--La Fleur-Petrus, Hosanna, and Trotanoy among them, so it should come as no surprise that his California project would be equally remarkable. From the exceptional 2009 vintage, this Dominus is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. Meant for aging, this reveals tight, dark berry fruit, hints of incense and minerals now. Give it some air if you open it soon, or find a cozy place in your cellar to let it rest for the next five years or more. San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "This vintage of Christian Moueix's California legend shines by sheer density. An expanse of fresh black fruit, espresso, burnt thyme, gravel, ink, and a sweet blackberry bramble, with big tannins and thickness. Yet it firms up and focuses with time, showing the sheer power and timelessness of the Yountville benchland and the Napanook vineyard."