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2013 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1262831 100 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A captivating bouquet of violets, lilac, black fruit, blood orange and meaty soil tones is striking for its extravagent range and amplitude; and on the palate, the wine is three-dimensional, sophisticatedly savoury, and massive but refined. Tod Mostero remarks that, having crafted the 2013 Dominus, he can die happy as a winemaker. Selection here was especially rigorous, as the team wanted to realise the vintage's unparalleled potential as fully as possible, so only 3,500 cases were produced. A special label commemorates the 30th anniversary of Dominus Estate. (WK) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

100 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The aromas to this are multidimensional and fascinating with black truffles, bark, cloves, black currants and citrus - even ginseng. Full-bodied, yet reserved, even austere, with chewy and powerful tannins that remain polished and refined. The flavors are more umami and savory. Then there's forest fruits and red orange undertones. It lasts 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 always enjoy. Inner quote mark (1/2016)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

100 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (1/2015)


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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2017 | Send Email
It is hard for a wine with this much press and excitement to live up to the billing but somehow it does just that. It is tightly wound at the moment even after an eight hour decant, but the quality of the material is undeniable as it endlessly evolves in the glass. Like a top vintage of Latour, it is easy to imagine 2013 Dominus evolving for decades and the class and pedigree is nearly beyond compare. The price is up there, but considering what the elite of Napa or First Growths can cost, it makes sense. This will be a reference-point wine for years to come, no matter how you look at it.

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