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2015 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1347041 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2015 Dominus is a flawless, perfect wine as well as a legend in the making. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and the rest Cabernet Franc, from dry-farmed vines and brought up in just 40% new French oak, its ruby/purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of blackcurrants, crème de cassis, damp earth, smoke tobacco, and spring flowers. Reminding me of the 2015 Château Margaux with its incredible mix of elegance and power, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, stunning purity of fruit, building tannins, and awesome length. This sensational textured and voluptuous Dominus drink well today yet will evolve for 25-30 years or more. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Bottled in July 2017 and composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the Dominus 2015 Proprietary Red Wine leaps from the glass with notes of fresh wild blueberries, crushed blackberries and black currant juice with touches of wild thyme, underbrush, iron ore and aniseed with wafts of lavender and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has incredible energy and vivacity, with the firm, pixelated tannins and lively backbone skillfully framing the muscular fruit, finishing with wonderful length and depth. (LPB) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A phenomenal red from the vintage with sandalwood, roses, currants, blackberries and blackcurrants. Full-bodied, extremely structured and intense with a great finish. The tannins are so polished and poised. Shows tension and beauty throughout. Straight and focused. Inner quote mark (5/2018)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Dominus is fabulous. Explosive and alluring on the palate, the 2015 possesses stunning texture and intensity. Blueberry jam, cloves, menthol, licorice and graphite are some of the many nuances that develop over time. In 2015 Dominus artfully balances the richness of the year with the classic structural elements that are such a signature of this wine. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This has a dark and brooding feel, showing hefty juniper and cedar notes along with humus and singed bay leaf details holding sway for now over a dense core of dark currant and plum fruit flavors. The loamy edge adds more bass through the finish, while the fruit lurks underneath. Decidedly backward and built for cellaring. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

K&L Notes

99-100 points Robert Parker in Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Dominus is a blockbuster...A wine of great body, purity and richness, but the balance of a ballerina, this gorgeously lush, voluptuously textured Dominus should drink effortlessly when released and evolve 30 more years, as his older vintages are proving so well...The 2015s are certainly going to be one of his all-time great vintages, rivaling 2013, 2012, 2007, 2002, 2001 and his earliest classics, such as 1994 and 1991." (10/2016)


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By: Philip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2018 | Send Email
Dominus continues to set the benchmark as one of CA’s finest Bordeaux blends. The first thing I noticed about the 2015 Dominus was the finesse, balance, and drive. The fruit, body, texture, tannins, and acids are all in complete harmony. There is incredible tension that keeps the wine fresh and penetrating. Deep, brooding, and complex nose with black and red fruits, wild herbs, light earth, and dark spices. Only hinting at the potential here, there is so much material here yet to develop. Outstanding.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2018 | Send Email
Tasted at the property after a three hour decant. As usual, it is much more brooding and compact than the Napanook next to it. It makes Dominus more challenging, but all the better for it. Gentle aromas of black/blue fruit and tobacco lead to a cool, poised, and polished palate filled with deep red fruit (plum, cherry, currant) and balanced acidity. This incredibly dynamic wine is crafted with only 40% new oak and shows none of it. It keeps providing nuance and layers as it opens up in the glass. Although it is not as dense as the '13 or open as the '12, it should be in the conversation among those greats as a wonderful Dominus of the highest regard - different for sure, but all the more interesting for it.

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