Our lunch with Christian Mouiex a few months back prompted this vertical tasting covering 20 years of Dominus, a California wine with a French spirit. The full results can be found at iwinereview.com. Included in the tasting was the 2007 vintage, which will be released later this month. This young wine should age at least as gracefully as the 1987 that we tasted. This is not a wine to buy and consume now; it needs time in bottle. The wine spends 18 months in 40 percent new oak. Our review:
2007 Dominus 97 points
This is the current vintage of Dominus, a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. It is a wine of great depth and complexity, exhibiting a dark ruby color and sweet fragrant ripe black and red fruit with notes of violets. The palate is rich and full-bodied with savory blueberry, raspberry and black currant fruit flavors with notes of cedar. It is a beautifully structured wine with amazing concentration and firm ripe tannins. While still a baby, this wine is likely to turn out to be one the finest Dominus ever produced and will have a long life, only reaching its peak a decade or more from now.