1997 Dominus Estate - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (6L)
Dominus Estate Description
The 1997 vintage is in effect a return to the original blend. Indeed, the three varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, were showing such a beautiful balance, that no Petit Verdot was added to the final blend.
Wine Spectator: 93 Points
"A wine of substance and depth. Dark, rich and polished, with complex notes of earthy, meaty currant, anise, spice, cedar and leather, fanning out on the finish. Young and concentrated. Better than previously reviewed. Best from 2002 through 2012."
Wine Enthusiast: 93 Points
"Deep berry, cinnamon, briar and mint aromas. Firm, even backwards, it is trim and elegant, yet solid. Black fruit and bitter-chocolate flavors abound. The finish is especially tight, with dry tannins and complex mineral and earth elements. Huge but refined, the quintessential iron fist in a velvet glove; it needs time."
Wine Advocate: 94 Points
"This wine is a fleshy, silky-textured, opulent wine with a gorgeous nose of roasted herbs, coffee, jammy black cherry and plum-like fruit. Asian spice, licorice, and blackberry and cherry notes with tobacco spice all add to this complex, very involved, yet gorgeously symmetrical Dominus. The wine is medium to full-bodied, very concentrated, and silky-textured. It is gorgeous to drink now, but should age easily for 10-15 years."
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