1999 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red-ruby. Spicy red- and blackcurrant, plum, currant leaf and mocha on the claret-like nose. Dense and rich, with spicy red berry and lightly floral flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Today one senses the wine's 13% Cabernet Franc component. Quite tightly coiled today; shows little sign of the roasted character shown by some '99s. Firmly tannic and very strong on the back end, with an almost medicinal austerity; very much a wine from small berries. This really needs at least seven or eight years of bottle aging; make sure to decant your bottle if you can't wait to pull the cork. Should ultimately merit a higher rating. 91+ (ST)
Opens with herbal aromas of sage, dill and tobacco, with a vanilla, oaky note, so it’s surprising how rich it drinks. Sweet cassis is on the palate, framed in soft but intricate tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The firm, austere, large-scaled 1999 Dominus (7,000 cases) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot that spent 16-18 months in 40% new French oak. It exhibits an attractive perfume of roasted herbs, coffee, tobacco, and sweet black cherries and plums, medium body, noticeable tannin, and a ripe, austere personality. It will drink well for 15+ years. (RP)
Aromas of lead pencil, graphite and dried currant are tight and chewy, firm and concentrated, with loamy earth, dried currant, sage and cedar notes. Still quite tannic. Decant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. (JL, Web—2009)
93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A deep purple, black colour. The nose has excellent definition: blackberry, cassis and a touch of liquorices. It has less weight and concentration than the millennial Dominus, yet it has superior balance and far more elegance. Crisp acidity, pure blackberry and cassis. Very focused and harmonious. Backward, I would leave this 5-8 years. Impressive." (5/2009)