Marla Norman, Kassidy Harris (Marketing Director at Dominus Estate) and Michel Thibault
The 2014 Dominus produced 4,000 cases, and is a blend of approximately 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. The wine is mid-to-full bodied, with notes of cherries and black currants. One particularly striking feature of the Dominus style — as rich and layered as the wine is — is that it’s still more approachable and leaner than many of the other cult California wines. In a number of ways, it’s apparent that the wine is the product of a French winemaker. And even though the 2014 vintage received a 97-point rating, while the 2013 was awarded 100 points, we found the wine to be incredibly elegant and well-made.
When Christian Moueix first took on responsibilities for winemaking at Napanook in 1982, he cautioned his partners about the amount of time needed to make a good wine, estimating he’d require at least 20 years. Amazingly, within 5 years, his wines began receiving outstanding ratings: 1987-96, 1990-98, 1991-99, 1992-95, 1994-99 from Robert Parker. Through 2000-2010, Dominus continued to receive high ratings, obtaining 95+ points an astounding 9 times.
Clearly, Christian Moueix is a very quick study!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the restrictive Napa Valley Winery use permit, Dominus Estate is not open to the public.
Incredible California Wines at Unbeatable Prices
Please write [email protected] or call 850-687-1370 to order. These wines will not last long!
Dominus 2014: RP-97 pts. $194.99. 12 bottles available.
Napanook 2014 by Dominus: JS-95 pts. $56.99. 6-bottle minimum purchase.
Bond Vecina 2013 by Harlan: RP-100 pts. $474.99. 4 bottles available.
Bond Pluribus 2013 by Harlan: RP 100 pts. $474.99. 4 bottles available.
Bond Melbury 2013 by Harlan: RP 97 pts. $464.99. 4 bottles available.
Opus One 2013: JS-100 pts. $239.99. 3 bottles available.
Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet 2005: $89.99. 2 bottles available.
Paul Hobbs Cabernet 2013: JS-95. $88.99. 24 bottles available.
Shafer One Point Five 2013: WE-95. $73.99. 6 bottles available.
Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2014: $26.79. 4 cases available.
Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs 2013: $29.49. 3 cases available.
Marla Norman is Co-Owner of Michel Thibault Wine and Publisher of Travel Curious Often.