Dominus Estate Napa Valley 2014
Christian Moueix, one of the most respected wine producers in the world, directed Chateau Petrus for 38 years. His love for Napa Valley lead him to the historic Napanook vineyard in 1981 just west of Yountville. Dominus is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It’s full of smoke, black truffles, and fruit, with bright acidity. Only 4,000 cases were produced in 2014.
JS 98: "Loads of dark tobacco aromas with blackcurrants and black olives. Boysenberries, too. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and lots of flavors of smoke, dried roasted chillis, black truffles, mushrooms and fruit. Bright acidity on the finish. Sexy and subtle austerity. Alluring. Very approachable now but better in 2021." - James Suckling
RP 97: "The 2014s, where the production of Napanook was only 2,200 cases and Dominus slightly more than the 2015 at 4,000 cases, was another early harvest, although somewhat later than 2015. The 2014 Dominus, which is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot really struts its stuff. Moueix’s belief in dry farming seems to be paying off with stronger and stronger vintages, each successive year, and the 2014 is a sexy, opulent, layered, multidimensional wine with notes of red and blackcurrant, cedar wood, tobacco leaf , spice box and licorice. The color is a dense plum/ruby/purple, much like the Napanook. This is a beauty that is already drinking gorgeously – as most 2014s are – and will continue to evolve for 25 or so years. "