1994 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-brick colored, this has quite a perfumed nose with notes of potpourri, game, anise, baking spices and kirsch plus hints of toast and yeast extract. Generously fruited and full bodied, it offers a medium-firm level of grainy tannins, crisp acid and a long, layered finish. (LPB)
Full, deep red with an amber rim. Distinctly sauvage aromas of redcurrant, coffee, leather, game and spicecake. Suave, seamless and fully mature, offering a plush texture and moderate sweetness to its slightly decadent flavors of currant, leather, smoke, mocha, earth and fresh herbs. This wild boy is at its apogee right now, although some tasters may find it too funky. Finishes classically dry, with dusty sweet tannins and considerable sex appeal. (ST)
Dark-hued, rich and intense, deftly balanced, with a pretty array of ripe currant, anise, black cherry and plum. Concentrated, with firm tannins, it finishes with a bold, rich aftertaste that shows off cedar, sage and pretty earthy nuances.
Mid ruby with a lightly animal note that threw us blind tasters off the scent completely. We hovered and havered between the southern Rhône and right bank bordeaux (which, in a way, a long way, it sort of is). Very sweet and transparent, a bit like a mature Châteauneuf!
95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: " A dark garnet core, much more opaque than I was expecting. The nose soars from the glass: meaty, savoury, touches of peppermint lacing the ripe blackberry fruit. Great definition. The palate is full-bodied with a soft entry, superb structure with Asian spice, white pepper. It does actually remind me of a Pomerol towards the off-dry finish. Great length and vigour: a wine with a long, long future ahead. Drink 2014-2030+ Tasted February 2009."