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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
(search item no. 86915)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $43.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Distinctive Cabernet, with pure mint and currant aromas, followed by a rich yet amazingly supple palate of cassis, plums, coffee, mocha, smoked applewood and loam. Long, alluring finish. A wine that shows what sets Maipo terroir apart. Always worth the wait for this late release, but it needs decanting for maximum effect. Drink now through 2008. 3,000 cases made. (JM)
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About Domus Aurea:

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range, Clos Quebrada de Macul is recognized as one of the finest vineyards in the Maipo Valley. It is here, on the gravelly slopes of a 45-acre single-vineyard, that owners Ricardo and Isabel Pena produce their award-winning Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Peña family is committed to extremely low yields. The family's vineyards are divided into five blocks that follow the depth and stoniness of the soil, which are further divided into upper, middle and lower rows. The harvest is not determined by block or row but vine by vine. The winery also utilizes open-top fermentation and personalized oak aging cycles, selecting lots with the most character to be the first wines into French barrels.