In the absolute blockbuster 2018 vintage in Napa, there may be no better masterpiece conducted than the double 100-point 2018 Dominus Estate. But from one of the best producers in the world every single vintage– at this point, this is what we’ve come to expect. It’s just the ‘getting the bottles to offer’ part that can be tricky!
The Wine Advocate gushed over the wine en route to their 99+ review (really?!?) calling the wine “gorgeous, full-bodied, polished, invigoratingly fresh, and plush.”
But it was Jeb Dunnuck who wasn’t afraid to give it the extra push, giving a rare 100-point designation for a wine he deemed, “magical, flawless” and “classical” with a “great, great finish”.
Even James Suckling opened up like we rarely see, calling it “Totally integrated on the palate. This is a magic-carpet wine. Really incredible.”
All three reviewers predict what Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate coined, a “mind-blowing transformation” for the wine in the cellar, suggesting it has anywhere between 30-50 years of cellaring potential ahead!
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100 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
“The flagship 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot brought up in 40% new French oak. With an essence of Cabernet-like character in its darker currants, green tobacco, cedar, graphite, and floral aromas and flavors, this gorgeous wine is full-bodied and has bright yet integrated acidity, polished tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s just gorgeously put together and a magical, flawless wine. It’s going to take a decade to hit maturity but will evolve for 40-50 years in cold cellars. It is as good as it gets in classic, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon!”
100 Points, James Suckling
This is incredible on the nose, offering hot stones, blackcurrants, iodine and wet earth. Full-bodied with a tight center palate, then it opens with a tannin structure that is weightless and spreads across the palate. Totally integrated on the palate. This is a magic-carpet wine. Really incredible. One of the reference points for the vintage. Drinkable now and please try a bottle, but it’s one for the cellar.
99+ Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Dominus slowly emerges from the glass with profound notes of blackcurrant cordial, ripe black plums, boysenberries and Black Forest cake with hints of violets, star anise, cracked black pepper, raspberry leaves and pencil lead, plus a touch of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers impactful black fruit layers, creating a beguiling sense of richness that is beautifully countered by invigorating freshness and great poise, framed by super ripe, plush tannins and beautiful tension, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note and, finally, lots of mineral sparks. For all that it is at the moment, one cannot help but feel that this 2018 is holding something back. Give it a good five years in bottle, at least, and then get set for what I suspect will be a mind-blowing transformation over the next 30 years+.”
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