2011 La Dominique, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090932 90-92 points 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.  (4/ 2012)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dense and concentrated, this is a massive wine that’s packed with tannins.  (4/ 2012)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/ 2012)

James Suckling

 Solid berry and currant character with mineral undertone. Full to medium body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Tannins are a little austere.  (4/ 2012)

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.  (5/ 2012)

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By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/27/2013  | Send Email
A pretty, aromatic nose with notes of spice, rose petal, lavender and sweet cherry pie. Good mid-palate red fruit. Long and spicy. 90-92 points.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion