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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Dominus Estate 2005
Dominus Estate 2005
(search item no. 95083)
boutique wine
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older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $149.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1992 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1991 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1987 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1983 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dominus 2005 is dark red, almost deep crimson in color. The nose is dense and compact, filled with dark berries, blond tobacco, black cherries and cacao. The entry is both powerful and supple, spherical in quality. Perfectly ripe, the enveloped tannins are firm, round and elegant. Black fruit and licorice linger throughout the evolution in mouth, well-balanced and harmonious. A superb vintage.

The 2005 blend consists of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. No Merlot was used in the blend this year.

This wine clearly has tremendous aging potential. 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.

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About Dominus:

In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines. Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer from Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.

His love of Napa Valley lingered and in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name 'Dominus' or 'Lord of the Estate' in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.