is the proprietary red wine produced by Christian Moueix of Libourne, France,
from grapes grown on a single vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley. The wines
reflect both the California terroir (soil and microclimate) and the spirit of
a great Bordeaux chateau, with its attention to detail and devotion to quality
in every aspect of winemaking.
Dominus is made solely from grapes grown at Napanook, a vineyard located in Yountville
on the west side of Highway 29. Established in 1866, Napanook was one of the first
vineyards planted and named in the heart of the valley. Napanook has long been
recognized for its extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon, which today covers more than
half of the acreage. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are also grown, completing
the quartet of great Bordeaux varieties.
The harmony of these four grapes is essential to the complexity of Dominus. Cabernet
Sauvignon, the premier Medoc variety, is the wine's foundation, imparting intense
aromas of cassis and cherries with notes of vanilla and licorice. Merlot gives
Dominus its deep purple color and flattering roundness, together with often exotic
scents of mushroom, wild game and blackberries. Cabernet Franc adds a supple delicacy
and finesse, as well as an ability to age. Petit Verdot contributes dense, lively
tannins and completes the wine's fragrance with spicy, floral aromas.
Each year a selection is made among the blocks in the vineyard and then among
the different lots in the cellar to achieve the optimum balance for the Final
blend. Therefore, the exact varietal composition varies from vintage to vintage,
with a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon, significant percentages of Merlot and Cabernet
Franc, and a small fraction of Petit Verdot.