Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | Domestic Red Wines: Dominus Estate 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Napa Valley

  • Photo by Cordero studios/corderostudios.com; Styling: Alicia Buszczak
    Dominus Estate 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Napa Valley Photo by Cordero studios/corderostudios.com; Styling: Alicia Buszczak
  • Ian Cauble

In 1981, Christian Moueix, then the owner of Château Pétrus in Pomerol, founded this winery on the western edge of the Yountville appellation and began producing red blends that, in their best years, effortlessly capture the magnificence of topflight Bordeaux. The 2013 has that potential; the growing season was widely considered to be nearly perfect and delivered wines with the optimal ripeness and beautiful depth of flavor that are characteristic of Napa Valley. In short, the 2013 undoubtedly has a bright future. 

  • The wine is a blend of 89 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 7 percent Petit Verdot, and 4 percent Cabernet Franc.
  • All of the vines are dry-farmed with sustainable farming methods, which Moueix believes yields stronger vines that can be harvested earlier.
  • It has highly concentrated aromas of black fruit, cedar, cacao nibs, tobacco, and violets, while being dense and creamy on the palate with seamless tannins. 

Dominus Estate, dominusestate.com ($200)

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