As for the 1991, 6,500 cases were produced of this potentially perfect wine. While this vintage of Dominus contains no Merlot in the blend, every time I taste it I am reminded of a great vintage of Petrus such as 1982, 1989 or 1990. Although different, the 1991 Dominus possesses extraordinary intensity, remarkable opulence, and amazing fruit extraction, all welded to a full-bodied structure. The wine's sensational purity and inner-core of depth must be tasted to be believed. The 1991 will be approachable young because of its sweet tannin, yet it exhibits the potential to last for 25 years. Perhaps 1994 will rival it, but for now, the 1991 is unquestionably the greatest Dominus, as well as a potential legend in the making. (RP)
Very saturated dark red-ruby. Youthful, supercomplex aromas of plum liqueur, currant, brown spices, leather and chocolate, plus an ineffable animal/vegetal/mineral element. Wonderful penetrating sweetness in the mouth; dense, thick, very intensely flavored and pungent. Sharply delineated. Perhaps not quite the sheer size of the '94. Finishes extremely long and focused, with fine tannins and a note of superripeness. (ST)
I am very glad that I reached out for Monsieur Moueix, as this remains one of the very best wines of the vintage, and at age nineteen it has mellowed into a refined and elegant bottle of fully mature Napa Cabernet. The deep and complex nose soars from the glass in a beautiful mélange of black cherries, cassis, currant leaf, cigar smoke, an understated touch of mint, wonderful, almost gravelly, Napanook soil tones, woodsmoke, a hint of allspice and a delicate topnote of chipotle peppers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully resolved, with fantastic complexity, impeccable focus, melting tannins and outstanding length and grip on the intensely flavored finish. This is very clearly the most complex bottle of 1991 Cabernet that I tasted in preparation for this article, and though I have very high expectations for (still quite young) wines such as Randy Dunn’s Howell Mountain, Ric Forman’s Cabernet and this vintage from Mayacamas, all of them still have a way to go to catch this stunning vintage of Dominus. Just a superb bottle of Cabernet at its apogee that beautifully shows off the magical terroir of the Napanook vineyard, and which continues to promise years and years of outstanding drinking ahead of it. (Drink between 2010-2030)
Wonderful complexity and youthfulness, from the initial aromatics to the follow-through on the finish. Serves up a mix of complex currant, tobacco, earth, brick, mineral and cedary tobacco. Holds its focus and finishes with a long aftertaste without being too heavy or tannic. (JL, Web Only-2002)
Restrained and not at all typically California - very lush and round but finishes dry. Much more like a Pomerol than a Napa Valley red. Most attractive now. Sweet bloodiness plus some freshness. 18/20 points.
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