2008 Dominus, Christian Moueix, Napa, California (6 x Bottle)

USA California

Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years.

2008 Dominus, Christian Moueix, Napa, California (6 x Bottle)

Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years.

USA California
Producer Dominus Estate
Region California
Country USA
Vintage 2008
Colour Red

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Vinous

(84% cabernet sauvignon) Good full ruby-red color. Pure but youthfully stunted aromas of black cherry, minerals and shoe polish. Less sweet and seamless than the 2007 but boasts pure, intense black fruit flavors and good inner-mouth perfume. Still, this is a bit inscrutable today and in need of further elevage, as the palate-coating tannins arrive early.

91-94 Points

By Stephen Tanzer / December 2014

Vinous

(a blend of 83% cabernet sauvignon, 13% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot): Good full red-ruby. Fresher on the nose than the Napanook, showing raspberry, plum, mocha and tobacco aromas. Round and plummy in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of milk chocolate, mocha and licorice. A wine of moderate ripeness for the vintage, and in a shell today. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and notes of plum, mocha and chocolate. I don t find quite the structure or grip of the best years.

93 Points

By Stephen Tanzer / December 2014

Vinous

(14.1% alcohol): Bright, saturated ruby. Tight, restrained nose hints at blackberry, cassis, plum, mocha, tobacco, licorice and menthol. Dense but quite dry and backward, offering noteworthy breadth and mineral lift but a bit lacking in give and still youthfully subdued. In a rather uncompromising, even medicinal style, with licorice and herb notes leavening the wine s riper plum and mocha flavors. One of the more backward 08s I tasted this year, hiding its sweetness today. More gripping than it appeared to be in the year following bottling but in need of more cellar time to expand.

91+ Points / Drinking 2022 - 2035

By Stephen Tanzer / May 2018

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years.

99 Points / Drinking 2010 - 2040

By Robert M. Parker, Jr. / December 2010