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Dominus Estate Napa Valley 2018

$269

This is a very serene and quietly confident wine that dovetails with the vintage’s overall terroir-driven profile. Settling in for the long haul, with the fruit still showing well though it’s starting to cede ground to the immense structure, this is driven by a humus and cast iron side in the end. Reveals richness and drive, with a wide range of tobacco, savory and alder accents. When the fruit remerges fully after cellaring, this will be every bit the benchmark. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.—Non-blind Dominus retrospective (August 2022). Best from 2024 through 2040. 4,000 cases made.

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97 This is tightly packed, with sleek, pure, driven notes of cassis, plum reduction and blackberry puree allied to an iron spine, while subtle alder, juniper, sweet bay leaf and tobacco notes peek in throughout. Very fine-grained, but impressively sturdy in feel, with a long, lingering note of iron piercing the finish. For the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2024 through 2040. 4,000 cases made. —JM

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Wine Type and Color

Red Still

Magazine Issue

Web Only - 2022

Accolades

Top 100 2021

Summary

Primary Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon, native to Bordeaux, has thick blue skins, giving the resulting wines plentiful tannins and phenolics and making them particularly ageworthy. Over the past 50 years, Cabernet Sauvignon has spread to all of the New World's major winegrowing regions, and it remains one of France's most important grapes.

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Other Grapes

Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

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$269

Dominus Estate Napa Valley 2018

This is a very serene and quietly confident wine that dovetails with the vintage’s overall terroir-driven profile. Settling in for the long haul, with the fruit still showing well though it’s starting to cede ground to the immense structure, this is driven by a humus and cast iron side in the end. Reveals richness and drive, with a wide range of tobacco, savory and alder accents. When the fruit remerges fully after cellaring, this will be every bit the benchmark. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.—Non-blind Dominus retrospective (August 2022). Best from 2024 through 2040. 4,000 cases made.

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97 This is tightly packed, with sleek, pure, driven notes of cassis, plum reduction and blackberry puree allied to an iron spine, while subtle alder, juniper, sweet bay leaf and tobacco notes peek in throughout. Very fine-grained, but impressively sturdy in feel, with a long, lingering note of iron piercing the finish. For the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2024 through 2040. 4,000 cases made. —JM

Details

Summary

Primary Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon, native to Bordeaux, has thick blue skins, giving the resulting wines plentiful tannins and phenolics and making them particularly ageworthy. Over the past 50 years, Cabernet Sauvignon has spread to all of the New World's major winegrowing regions, and it remains one of France's most important grapes.

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Other Grapes

Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Region

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