There were 6,500 cases produced of the 1987 Dominus. It is one of the great wines of the vintage in a year when a handful of California producers made profound Cabernets (i.e., Robert Mondavi Reserve, Dunn Howell Mountain, and Chateau Montelena). The wine is beginning to shut down, but it still displays a rich ruby color and an intensely spicy, fragrant nose of toasty vanillin oak, cassis, and cedar. In the mouth, this medium to full-bodied wine displays considerable tannins, fine integrated acidity, and an opulent, rich, spicy finish. (RP)
This 1987 is flat out beautiful wine. At age thirty, the wine is now fully mature and drinking with both breed and complexity, wafting from the glass in a mix of cassis, cigar wrapper, a touch black raspberries, dark soil tones, cigar smoke and a deft framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very refined in profile, with a tightly-knit structural chassis, fine depth at the core, melting tannins and a long, complex and vibrant finish. These were the heady early days at Dominus! Drink between 2017-2050.
Earthy currant, cherry, anise and mineral flavors work well with the supple texture and fine length. Tannins are softening. Tempting now for its detailed flavors. (JL)
There was such leafiness to this wine that it tasted more Bordeaux than California, but then this was for long the accusation Californians made about Christian Moueix of LIbourne's Napa Valley wine. This was beautifully silky and fresh with, admittedly, a character those hooked on extended hang time might dismiss as 'green' but the balance and persistence were both impressive. This wine was a lot older than anything tasted in this recent vertical of Dominus but it had hung on gracefully. 17.5/20 points (JR)
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