Dominus 2004 spent 16 months in 40% new French oak and offers an elegant yet rich nose of mocha and cedar, blackcurrant and roasted herbs. Beautifully integrated tannins add to the luscious and silky mouthfeel of the fruit in this superbly refined wine. Approachable within 1-2 years this will age gracefully for another 15. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, hand harvested between 31st October and 26th September with a cuvaison of 17 days.
This is a Christian Moueix venture in California that was quick to achieve cult status. Its fame is such that demand far outweighs supply of the limited production Dominus wine. Its stablemate, Napanook, is made from the same vineyard and is a similar Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot blend that has marginally softer tannins and, although is designed for earlier drinking, will still cellar well for five to ten years.
Arguably Americas most important wine growing region, home to the likes of Dominus, Heitz, Cain Cellars and Opus One. Bordeaux varietals are key in this 40 mile long North-South valley that stretches from the San Fransico Bay up towards Calistoga and the sheer variety of different climats and vineyard sites is as bewildering as the sheer variety of styles of wine produced. At their best these can be some of the most opulent examples of Cabernet Sauvignon in the world - truly great wines with dinstinctly long cellaring potentials, but more youthful approachability than their european counterparts.