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Neal Martin’s review from 2005:
“A deep purple, black colour. The nose has excellent definition: blackberry, cassis and a touch of liquorices. It has less weight and concentration than the millennial Dominus, yet it has superior balance and far more elegance. Crisp acidity, pure blackberry and cassis. Very focused and harmonious. Backward, I would leave this 5-8 years. Impressive. Tasted October 2005.”
Two much more recent Cellartracker notes:
12/9/2018 – WinoRick Likes this wine: 94 Points
Last night I had this vs. the ’97 Dunn Howell Mountain and the ’93 Montelena along with a grilled steak. Yum on all accounts. We thought the Dominus was a tad brighter than the others and showed equal, if not more, complexity. One caveat, however. I’d Coravin’d the Dominus halfway about three weeks ago, and the other two were PnP, double decanted back into their bottles. So, another testimony to the Coravin system, although I don’t think it contributed to the Dominus showing any better than it would have.
5/27/2018 – PDavisMarble wrote: 96 Points
Blood, inky red. Bold nose that went from fresh red fruits to eucalyptus and moist earth. This positively exploded on the palate. Raspberries and blackberries with a hint of milk chocolate and some smoky wood. The finish was endless, morphing from plums and currants to red, sweet cherries. The fruit is still fresh and beautiful, and somehow light and delicate. Patience has clearly paid. Reading the prior reviews leads me to only one conclusion — this wine needed every bit of this age.
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