2011 La Dominique, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
After some rough performances earlier in this century, La Dominique has returned to form over recent vintages. The dark ruby/purple-colored 2011 is a lush, ripe, fruit-driven effort displaying notes of dark raspberries, cedarwood, spice box, herbs and licorice. This medium to full-bodied, round St.-Emilion is ideal for drinking over the next decade.
Dense and concentrated, this is a massive wine that’s packed with tannins.
Ripe, slightly hefty style, with plum skin and macerated cherry and currant fruit backed by a well-toasted finish. Verges on overextracted but has enough lift to keep it honest on the finish.
Solid berry and currant character with mineral undertone. Full to medium body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Tannins are a little austere.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Cassis and dark chocolate on the perfumed nose. Rich, velvety and full, with a savory quality to the blackcurrant, plum and coconut flavors. This sweet, fruity wine has plenty of underlying backbone but finishes with slightly hard tannins.