2013 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (6L)
The aromas to this are multidimensional and fascinating with black truffles, bark, cloves, black currants, citrus, and even ginseng. Full-bodied, yet reserved and austere with chewy and powerful tannins that remain polished and refined. The flavors are more umami and savory. Then there are forest fruits and blood-orange undertones. The wine goes on for minutes. A wine to age for a lifetime. It's an experience to taste this. A new classic showing its history and tradition as a source of the greatest wines ever from Napa. A wine to enjoy forever.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Dominus is, to my way of thinking, one of the most profound wines Christian Moueix has yet made in his rather brilliant winemaking history, both in France and in Napa Valley. This wine, with very low yields of only 3,500 cases and a final blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, offers up notes of cedar wood, forest floor, loamy soil and oodles of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. Very opaque purple in color, super-pure and intense, this wine has low acidity, but ripe, noticeable tannins. This is a 30- to 40-year wine and a profound effort from this famous vineyard in Yountville. Drink it over the next 40+ years. (RP)
The 2013 Dominus overwhelms all the senses with its magnificent overall balance and towering intensity. Deep and nearly impenetrable in the glass, the 2013 boasts off the charts dry extract and overall power. Violets, smoke, black cherries, menthol, incense, crème de cassis and dark spices are some of the many signatures that take shape in the glass. Even better in bottle than it was in barrel, the 2013 is utterly magnificent. This is a remarkably vivid, nuanced wine considering its sheer size. (AG)
Wine & Spirits
When I first tasted this wine, in the spring of 2015 at Dominus with the estate’s proprietor Christian Moueix and director Tod Mostero, it convinced me that something was different about the 2013 vintage. Mostero explained that it had the highest level of tannins of any wine the estate had produced, and we talked about the unusual fruit character, which I found neither red nor black, but closer to a deep purple, with multidimensional floral complexity. Tasted with our panel 14 months later, the wine was dark and intense, completely savory in its tannic detail, pure in its fruit clarity, hinting at rosemary and flowers, yet touching on prunes and hiding some of the nearly explosive energy it offered up the year before. Grown at what would be a grand cru site if Napa Valley were classified, a nook in western Yountville with deep, rocky soils and enough water running off the hills to sustain the vines without irrigation, Dominus is consistently one of the top wines of the Napa Valley. I am certain this vintage will be longer-lived and more compelling to drink than either the 2012 or 2011, both of which I awarded higher scores on release. This 2013 is shut down at the moment, lying in wait to show its greatness with bottle age.
Dense and earthy, with a submerged core of rich blackberry, currant, anise and sage flavors. The dusty, loamy earth character lends balance and definition. Ends with cedary tannins and good length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2032. (JL)