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2001 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1008087 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A brilliant showing for Christian Moueix’s well-known Napanook Vineyard, the 2001 Dominus is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. A classic in the making, this is a flawless, seamless example of elegant, complex Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that possesses a Bordeaux-like personality. This gorgeous, sexy, opulent, dense ruby/purple-colored wine reveals sweet caramel, mocha, creme de cassis and kirsch notes intermixed with a hint of espresso roast as well as underbrush. Ripe, long and full-bodied with well-integrated tannin, acidity, alcohol and wood, this prodigious 2001 is drinkable now and over the next 25+ years given this estate’s longevity track record. A virtually perfect wine, it is one of the most complex 2001s at present. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2011)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright, full ruby-red. Dark, reticent scents of blackberry, cassis, licorice, mocha, toffee and minerals. Broad, dense, dark and savory on entry, then thick and vibrant in the middle palate, and still quite youthful in spite of its breadth and richness. Shows little easy sweetness but really spreads out to saturate the palate without leaving any impression of dryness. There's something Old World about this. The highly concentrated, slightly medicinal dark berry and cocoa powder flavors may yet gain in sweetness as the wine unwinds. Finishes with firm, broad, dusty tannins and sneaky persistence and breadth, with slowly emerging sweetness. I reported in 2004 that this savory wine was bottled with a very high pH of 4.01, but it hardly lacks for energy or structure. In fact, this youthfully dense, rather powerful Bordeaux blend is just approaching what is likely to be an extended period of peak drinkability. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark As good as the 2001 Napanook is, this wine is more intense. The fruit is lusher, the oak newer, the control more complete, but the kicker is the tannins. They’re powerful and dusty, and conceal the flamboyance, for now. Needs time. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (10/2004)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good ruby-red. Superripe aromas of plum, cherry, licorice, mocha, smoke and minerals. At once sweet and gripping, with very intense, nuanced flavors of cherry, plum, currant, tobacco, minerals and currant leaf. Despite the very high pH of 4.01, this shows no shortage of energy in the mouth. A muscular, firmly tannic, serious wine for aging. (ST) 93+ Inner quote mark (6/2004)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark (No tasting note given.) Inner quote mark (12/2004)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A mature and somewhat torrefied bouquet of ripe plum, dark berries, scorched earth, licorice, grilled meat and coffee is the prelude to a fleshy, richly savoury wine that is surprisingly mature for such a large-scaled, structured vintage. (WK) Inner quote mark (11/2016)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very bright crimson with some blue still evident. Very rich start and really luscious but with structure. Lots of fine tannins still hidden. Complex and still quite youthful. 18/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

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