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2009 Dominus

Retail: $224.99

$169.97

per bottle

Rating
98 Pts James Suckling

Color
Red

Size
750 mL

ABV
14.5%

Closure Type
Cork

Vintage
2009

Varietal(s)
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot


Collectable

Kosher

Sparkling

Dessert


Taste

currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit

Nose

currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, mocha, leather and vanilla

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James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com:

"Stunning nose of lavender and flowers. Currants and raspberries. Subtle and intriguing. Full and dense but wonderfully balanced with firm and silky tannins and a persistent finish. Dusty texture. A wine so balanced that you want to drink it already. Better in 2017." (10/12)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous:

"The 2009 Dominus has closed down quite a bit since I last tasted it. Today, all of the glorious fruit of the vintage is hiding behind a serious wall of tannin. The 2009 still possesses gorgeous inner perfume and plenty of sweetness, but little of the sexiness that will emerge over time. From time to time, the utter genius of the 2009 shows a glimpse of its potential. There is little doubt the 2009 will be a jewel once it awakens from what might very well be a long slumber. This is another wine that begs for patience. The 2009 is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot." (12/12)

Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"The 2009 Dominus saw about 40% new oak compared to the 20% for Napanook. A seamless classic, it offers a symphony of red and black currants, Asian plum sauce, lavender, and underbrush. Sweet Christmas fruitcake characteristics emerge from this magnificent Dominus that finished at 14.5% natural alcohol (slightly higher than usual). The seamless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol, the brilliant length and overall compelling complexity and richness make it one of the great classics from this historic estate. It should drink well for 20-25 years." (10/13)

Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media:

"Good ruby-red color, more saturated than the Napanook. Knockout floral lift to the aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, blond tobacco, almond and mint. Suave, savory and extremely precise, with penetrating flavors of dark berries, licorice, minerals and cocoa powder. The petit verdot component acts as an amplifier of aromas and flavors, notes winemaker Tod Mostero, "like a good seasoning." Medicinal in a Bordeaux way. The finishes shows outstanding length, noteworthy juiciness, and firm, noble tannins. A great vintage for Dominus." (05/12)

Wine Spectator:

"Delightfully harmonious given its intensity, with complex aromas of savory herbs, flowers, ripe and dried currant and berry, crushed rock and cedar flavors. Well-proportioned, focused and persistent. Very youthful and vibrant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2030. 6,000 cases made. -JL" (10/12)

Wine Enthusiast:

"While this is not the best Dominus vintage, it does show elegantly smooth tannins, dryness and earthiness that accompanies the black­berry and cassis fruit. It’s curiously soft, which might limit its ageability. Shows an uncanny similarity to the 2000. -SH" (10/12)

Product Description:

Wine:
"Known for its complexity and balance, Dominus demonstrates the potential of a wine produced on exceptional terroir.. Structured, seamless and perfectly integrated, Dominus is an elegant wine that improves with age."

"We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines." - Winery

Vintage:
"The 2006 growing season started late; bud-break was delayed by very wet and cold weather throughout winter and early spring. An exceptionally hot mid-summer season helped accelerate growth. By the end of July, when temperatures soared over 100F on eight days, the vines had entered into a more typical cycle. Beautiful weather followed in August, with characteristic warm days and cool nights. Mid-veraison was observed on August 8. Mild temperatures throughout the months of September and October allowed for increased hang-time and favoured perfect ripening." - Winery

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