Dominus Napa Valley Red 2001 750ml

Dominus Napa Valley Red 2001

  • wa95
  • we94
  • st93+



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The 2001 vintage is truly a classic and will benefit from years of aging. This vintage was characterized by an early bloom and long growing season that yielded grapes of exceptional maturity. This wine has the unique ability to be rich and complex while possessing a smooth and silky texture.
Wine Advocate
  • wa95

The impeccably made 2001 Dominus boasts a dense plum/purple color in addition to a fragrant, promising perfume of cocoa, cedar, coffee, roasted herbs, and copious quantities of black fruits. There are 7,000 cases of this 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot blend. Rich and medium to full-bodied, with sweet but noticeable tannin, a layered mid-palate, and a long finish with obvious tannin, it will require 3-4 years of cellaring. It should last for two decades.

December 2003
Wine Enthusiast
  • we94

As good as the 2001 Napanook is, this wine is more intense. The fruit is lusher, the oak newer, the control more complete, but the kicker is the tannins. They're powerful and dusty, and conceal the flamboyance, for now. Needs time; hold until 2010 and beyond.

October 1, 2004
International Wine Cellar
  • st93+

Good ruby-red. Superripe aromas of plum, cherry, licorice, mocha, smoke and minerals. At once sweet and gripping, with very intense, nuanced flavors of cherry, plum, currant, tobacco, minerals and currant leaf. Despite the very high pH of 4.01, this shows no shortage of energy in the mouth. A muscular, firmly tannic, serious wine for aging. (A second sample that had been decanted for four hours prior to my visit was sweeter and more seamless, but still showed solid tannic spine.)

May 2004

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