Dominus Estate 2015 Offering - 100 Point wines from one of Napa Valley's top wineries and this weeks menu at the Wine Bar

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“Artists and poets still find life's meaning in a glass of wine.” - Joy Sterling, A Cultivated Life


We have a lot of soul searching to do this week and the theme is big time Cabernet Sauvignon starting out the week with two of Napa Valley’s biggest names with one of the longest tenured winemakers in Napa Valley Ted Edwards from Freemark Abbey. Back to Back the next night we have Nate Weiss from Silver Oak the biggest name in both Napa and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Then, Friday night were going back to the famous 1961 vintage from Chateau Mouton Rothschil including great years like; 1970, 1982, 1995, 1996 and we will have 2007 Chateau D’Yquem for dessert!  Another great “Once in a Lifetime” Bordeaux event to celebrate myh 50th year on this planet!!

The Wine Bar is only open on Friday night for regular service this week as we have private events on both Thursday and Saturday night.  If you want to come out and drink with me this week we still have space available for both Freemark Abbey and Silver Oak but the Chateau Mouton tasting back to 1961 is SOLD OUT!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:30 PM
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Freemark Abbey Wine Tasting with special Guest Winemaker Ted Edwards
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 7:30 PM
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Silver Oak Wine Tasting with Special Guest Winemaker Nate Weiss
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Chateau Mouton Rothschild Tasting back to 1961!


Today’s offering is a cross breed, a family from Bordeaux that came to Napa Valley to make wine and today has one of the hottest names in the Valley.  Dominus Estate has as many wines with 100 points as Chateau Petrus but the price is still only a fraction of what you will pay for the wines from some of the other names in Napa Valley that score 99 and 100 in the Wine Advocate on a regular basis. We have a few older vintages of Dominus Estate in the store at around the same price as the current release. Also check out the second wine from this estate like the older wines it is a better choice for drinking right now.

Dominus 2015 Vintage – 100 points!!

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2015 Dominus Estate Napa

Price: $307.50    Your Price: $270.60 Quantity in Stock: 30

(100 Points) Bottled in July 2017 and composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the Dominus 2015 Proprietary Red Wine leaps from the glass with notes of fresh wild blueberries, crushed blackberries and black currant juice with touches of wild thyme, underbrush, iron ore and aniseed with wafts of lavender and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has incredible energy and vivacity, with the firm, pixelated tannins and lively backbone skillfully framing the muscular fruit, finishing with wonderful length and depth.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


The Best Value in a GREAT vintage are the Second Wines - Napanook

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2015 Dominus Napanook Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

Price: $85.50    Your Price: $72.68     Quantity in Stock: 60

 (93 Points) Bottled in July 2017, Dominus’ more approachable, less tannic sister wine, Napanook, is a blend this year of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Napanook Proprietary Red Wine is redolent of crème de cassis, potpourri, plum preserves and violets with hints of dark chocolate, menthol, licorice and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is densely packed with black fruit preserves and earthy layers, supported by firm, ripe, fine-grained tannins and finishing with great length. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


A bit about Dominus Estate :


Dominus Estate is the single most interesting and the single most controversial new winery to arrive on the scene in the history of the modern era of California wine.  This assertion can be challenged perhaps only by OPUS I, the joint venture of Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild.  When the first Opus I was released in 1983, it arrived with considerable fanfare.  The first case from the first barrel had been auctioned (without anyone having tasted it) for the highest auction price ever paid ($24,000) in the history of California wine.  However, critical reception to OPUS I was somewhat lukewarm; most felt that the initial releases were quite good, but not extraordinary.  Unlike Mr. Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, the owners of Dominus Estate decided to give the critics a preview peek of their first wines. 

From the outset there was almost a universal chorus of praise from the nation's most influential wine authorities.  Robert Parker, editor of the prestigious The Wine Advocate, told his readers that the 1983 Dominus was not only a "great and profound wine" but also would "no doubt cause a rethinking of winemaking" in California.  Dominus hit the front page of The Wine Spectator in late June of 1987.  That same week bidding for Dominus at the Napa Valley wine auction reached a frenetic pace.  Three oversize bottles went for $13,500!  Finally, in late February of 1988, the winery decided the 1983 was still not ready and released the 1984 instead.  The great critical reviews, the very high release price, the historical legacy of the wine, the famous consulting winemaker, the connection to France's greatest wine estate, Chateau Petrus, and the delayed release of the first vintage with the succeeding vintage eventually being released first all combined to make Dominus the talk of the wine world in 1987 and 1988.  The origins of Dominus can be traced back to the 1880's, when the present vineyard, known as Napanook, was called the La Rue Vineyard and was known for top quality winegrapes.  In 1946 the La Rue Vineyard was purchased by John Daniel Jr., the grandnephew of Captain Gustave Niebaum, the founder of Inglenook Vineyards.  Daniel had taken over the management of Inglenook in 1933 and had been responsible for one of the great periods in Inglenook's history - the winery was especially noted for its great Cabernets during the Daniel era. Daniel renamed the La Rue Vineyard, Napanook; and the best of Napanook's grapes became a major factor in the legendary Inglenook Cask Cabernets of the fifties and sixties.  When John Daniel sold Inglenook in 1964, he retained the rights to Napanook.  He died in 1970, and management of Napanook was put in trust by a bank for the next decade. 

Taking a cue from the Baron de Rothschild, Christian Moueix, the owner of Bordeaux's most highly regarded (and most expensive) wine estate, Chateau Petrus in Pomerol, went to the Napa Valley in hopes of finding some great vineyard land and putting together his own joint Franco American winemaking operation.  Through Robert Mondavi, he was introduced to Robin Lail and Marcia Smith, the daughters of John Daniel.  A deal was struck to produce a wine from Napanook under Moueix's direction, and the John Daniel Society was formed to manage the estate.  The plans call eventually for a winery.  On site management of the property is done by Daniel Baron and Christopher Phelps, the winemaker.  Christian Moueix visits about five times a year to give direction and offer technical assistance.  The label, an artist rendering of Moueix, was done by one of the masters of American contemporary art, Larry Rivers.  The Napanook vineyard is planted south of the Yountville Mound, where there is a unique subclimate ideal for the slow ripening of the Bordeaux varieties.  Sixty-seven of the vineyard's 124 acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot with vines ranging in age from seven to thirty years.  Selection of the best fruit from the oldest vines is saved for Dominus; the rest is sold under contract to another winery.  The 1983 and 1984 Dominus were both composed of about 75 % Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance being Cabernet Franc and Merlot.  No new barrels (they came from Petrus, Trotanoy, and Cheval Blanc) were used for the first vintage, but the 1984 saw 20% new oak.  These first wines met with mixed reviews after their release to the broad market.  Today, Moueix will admit that it took him several years to come to grips with the differences between the terroir in France and his new venture in Napa.  Robert Parker has raved about these wines since the very first vintage and has never rated one of Christian’s wines below (90) points. 

Today, Dominus is owned 100% by the Moueix family and the winery was completed in July of 1998.  The façade of the winery is unique and built for its functionality rather than aesthetic values.  The exterior is dark green basalt, held in place by galvanized wire baskets, this resembles a huge rock cage that completely covers the concrete winery.  This design will let air flow freely as well as providing dazzling visuals at night.  The rocks are not held together by mortar but rather stacked in cages, you can see the artificial light radiating out like a thousand stars in the night sky.

"Christian Moueix, Dominus’ owner, has purchased the 35-acre Swanson Vineyard, which is situated between the well-known California bistros, Brix and Mustard’s. I suspect that will result in a third label from Dominus. At present, the production from these large holdings in Yountville is approximately 10,000-12,000 cases, with the second wine, Napanook, representing 3,500-4,000 cases, depending on the vintage. It is ironic that Christian Moueix, the great Merlot specialist at his flagship chateaux in Pomerol, especially Petrus, prefers the other Bordeaux varietals at his Napa property. Interestingly, when I visit Dominus, they always open a fresh bottle and serve it alongside a bottle that has been decanted for 24 hours. On each occasion, the more complex, open wine is the one that has had 24 hours of aeration, something buyers of this wine should take into consideration. These are the two strongest back to back vintages for Dominus since 1990-1991 and 2001-2002."  Wine Advocate # 180, Dec 2008


Older Vintages of Dominus available:


2010 Dominus Estate Napa

Price: $350.00    Your Price: $308.00 Quantity in Stock: 4

(100 Points) Composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the stunning, full-bodied 2010 Dominus boasts an exceptional perfume of hoisin sauce, licorice, underbrush, forest floor, plums, black currants and jammy cherries intertwined with hints of cedar, baking spices and oak. Full-bodied and voluptuously textured, the 2010 is on a slightly faster evolutionary track than the 2009 (somewhat of an anomaly for these two vintages). This exquisite as well as prodigious 2010 can be drunk young, but it should age effortlessly for 20-25 years. Bravo!  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

2004 Dominus Estate Napa

Price: $325.00    Your Price: $286.00             Quantity in Stock: 4

(97 Points) Like so many 2004s, the 2004 Dominus is a full-bodied wine showing brilliantly at age ten, with loads of complex cedar, kirsch, Christmas fruitcake, black currants and spice box. It has a creamy, opulent texture, but remains light on its feet. This sexy wine is showing exceptionally well and is best drunk over the next 10-15 years. Not one of the longest-lived wines from Dominus, but it is certainly at a wonderful point in its evolution right now.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

2001 Dominus Estate Napa

Price: $325.00    Your Price: $286.00             Quantity in Stock: 3

(98 Points) A brilliant showing for Christian Moueix's well-known Napanook Vineyard, the 2001 Dominus is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. A classic in the making, this is a flawless, seamless example of elegant, complex Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that possesses a Bordeaux-like personality. This gorgeous, sexy, opulent, dense ruby/purple-colored wine reveals sweet caramel, mocha, creme de cassis and kirsch notes intermixed with a hint of espresso roast as well as underbrush. Ripe, long and full-bodied with well-integrated tannin, acidity, alcohol and wood, this prodigious 2001 is drinkable now and over the next 25+ years given this estatess longevity track record. A virtually perfect wine, it is one of the most complex 2001s at present.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

1994 Dominus Estate Napa

Price: $375.00    Sale Price: $295.00  Quantity in Stock: 1

(99 Points) Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. I have had a difficult time keeping the corks in my bottles of 1994 Dominus. Eight-thousand cases were produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. In this vintage, 174 days passed between bud break and the harvest, a remarkable period of time for any wine region in the world. The 1994 is a strikingly thick, compellingly rich wine with the texture of a great Pomerol, despite being made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a dense purple color, and an incredibly fragrant nose of jammy black fruits, spice, smoke, and loamy, truffle-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, with thrilling levels of extract and richness, but no sense of heaviness or harshness. This seamless Dominus possesses no hard edges, as its acidity, tannin, and alcohol are beautifully meshed with copious quantities of ripe fruit. This wine offers early drinking,yet has the potential to last for 30+ years.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate



Friday Night’s Menu at the Wine Bar


White Truffle Oil & Parmesan Dusted Shoestring Fries


Shutty Fries - Montreal Seasoned Steak Fries


Margarita Pizza: Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, House Tomato Sauce


Italian Sausage & Onion Pizza


Beef Sliders with Truffle Mushroom Aioli & Gruyere on Brioche Buns


Heirloom Tomato-Buratta-Portobello Mushroom Stack Sundried Tomato-Caper Vinaigrette


Lobster Tartine: Cilantro-Jalapeno Crema, Pickled Radish on Grilled Sourdough


Tuna Carpaccio:Wild Mushrooms Harpke Farms Micro Greens Strawberry-Balsamic Drizzle


Foie Gras Torchon with Blackberry Jam


Lamb Lollipops-Goat Cheese & Toasted Almond Crust Balsamic Reduction (7)


Coquille Saint Jacques-Seared Diver Scallops, Wild Mushroom-Tarragon Cream, Crème Fraiche Mash, Gruyere Cheese


Crispy Fried Chicken Crème Fraiche Mash & Chipotle BBQ


Lasagna: Braised Beef Short Rib, Italian Sausage, Mozzarella  & Herbed Ricotta, House Sunday Sauce


Bacon Fat Seared A5 6oz Filet, crème Fraiche Mash, sautéed Baby Zucchini


White Chocolate Mousse Pie with Blackberry Coulis


Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee with Fresh Berries



Meat Selections

$6/1 ounce serving

Prosciutto di San Daniele


Coppa Spicy- Bellantani

Sopressata Picante- Tempesta

Bresaola- Italian Dried Beef

Truffle Salami -  Vincenza’s

Speck-Smoked Prosciutto

Culatello-Italian Cured Ham

NDUJA-Spicy Spreadable Salami

FinoChietta-Fennel Salami-Tempesta


Cheese Selections

$6/1 ounce serving

Gorgonzola-Triple Dolce-Cinque Stelle


Turtle Creek Chevre Goat


St Andtre-Triple Cream


Little Hosmer-Super Soft Ripened Brie


Harbison Brie- Spruce Wrapped Extra Creamy Brie


Willoughby- Super Soft- Epoisse Style


Marquis de Lafayette- Camembert


OMA- Soft Ripe Wash Rind


Winey Goat- Creamy & Mild Goats Milk Bathed in Red Wine


Stilton Blue


ALPS Blossom-Herb & Flower Crusted Ripe Cheddar


Alpha Tolman-Firm & Creamy Ripened-Cows Milk


Cabot Clothbound Cheddar- 14 Month Aged


Manchego- Raw 12 Month Aged-Sheeps Milk


Reggiano Parmesan Aged 24 Months


Tartufo Pecorino- Black Truffle Pecorino-Sheeps Milk


OG Kristal Gouda



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