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2003 Dominus Estate

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2003 Dominus Estate from Dominus, Napa Valley

Turning our gaze to the illustrious vineyards of Napa Valley, California, one cannot fail to mention the 2003 Dominus Estate from Dominus. Embodying a testament of both courage and exceptional winemaking talent, this vintage distinctly stands out, even among other fine wines from the USA. For investors and aficionados alike, this vintage promotes a delightful exposition of enological opulence.


Distinct Vintage Character

The year 2003 proved to be one of extraordinary contrast for Napa Valley. The region witnessed cool and wet conditions in early spring, followed by an intensely scorching summer – a climatic rollercoaster that tested viticultural expertise and ultimately earmarked the unique characteristics of the 2003 Dominus Estate.

This wine's masterful composition reveals this climatic dance quite eloquently. The characteristic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot performs seamlessly here, lending an expression that is truly indicative of not only its varietal mix but also its specific vintage nuances.


Nearly Two Decades Later

Fast forward nearly two decades and the result is nothing short of impressive. The maturation process has endowed this vintage with an exquisite balance between vibrant primary fruit notes and delicate suggestions of secondary earth-tones.


An Invocation to Invest

Aside from its unfaltering elegance and complexity, the 2003 Dominus Estate underpins an exceptionally promising investment opportunity. As rule of thumb states; rarity, quality and provenance are key when it comes to fine wine investment - and this vintage ticks all three boxes with conviction.


A Timeless Testament

In summary, the 2003 Dominus Estate is a timeless testament to the unique climatic extremes associated with its vintage year. It is a Midas hand of rich textures and lingering subtleties, a vivid expression of Napa Valley that continues to enthral with its profound understated elegance. Moreover, it is a compelling proposition for those who appreciate not only the sensory allure of fine wines but also their latent investment potential.

Experience the richness of this defining year in the history of Dominus through the captivating notes and anecdotes of the 2003 Dominus Estate. A sophisticated entwine that proudly stands among one of America’s finest wines.

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The 2003 Dominus is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot (14.1% alcohol). Remarkably, it is the 20th vintage for Christian Moueix. Always a Bordeaux-inspired wine with restraint yet substance as well as a textured richness, the 2003 exhibits a deep plum/ruby/purple color, a creamy, opulent texture, no hard edges, and a wonderful sweetness of foresty, black currant and cherry fruit mixed with underbrush and hints of Chinese black tea. Well-proportioned and full-bodied, yet never over-stated or out of balance, this is another beauty from Moueix. Drink it over the next 15+ years. This famous estate with a historic vineyard in Yountville was once the backbone of all the great Inglenook Cabernets made by John Daniel. Tel. (707) 944-8954; Fax (707) 944-0547

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 27 June 2013

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