2018 Dominus Estate – Christian Moueix (750ML)
ORIGIN | Napa Valley, California
VARIETAL | Red Bordeaux Blend, 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
ACCOLADES | Voted the 2021 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator – For serious collectors and to add to your Cellar…What ultimately pushes one wine to the No. 1 position often comes down to something called the X-factor, the back story that lends a wine special significance or gravitas.
WINEMAKER NOTES | Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Dominus is an iconic wine that never lacks for bold intensity and power. The vineyard’s volcanic, well-draining soils are specifically suited to growing Bordeaux varietals, and winemaker Tod Mostero vinifies each dry-farmed parcel separately.
Dominus Estate is the Napa Valley property of Bordeaux producer Christian Moueix. The wine is bottled from the historic Napanook Vineyard. Located at the foothills of the Mayacamas, the vineyard was planted in 1838 and continues to evolve under the stewardship of Christian Moueix. The estate’s Bordeaux varietals benefit from the Yountville microclimate where temperatures are moderated by cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay. The resulting wine is a uniquely refined expression of this special terroir.
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.
TASTING NOTES | 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. Best from 2024 through 2040. This gorgeous wine is full-bodied and has bright yet integrated acidity, polished tannins, and a great, great finish.
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