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New Arrivals: 100-point 2018 Dominus
The 2018 Dominus scores yet another 100-point vintage in a uniquely successful decade of releases from Christian Moueix's Dominus Estate. James Suckling characterizes the 2018 as "a magic-carpet wine. Really incredible. One of the reference points for the vintage."
 
Lisa Perrotti-Brown is equally impressed by the wine: "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."
 
While the 2018 Dominus seems to offer the full package right now, Perrotti-Brown "cannot help but feel that this 2018 is holding something back." She says, "Give it a good five years in bottle, at least, and then get set for what I suspect will be a mind-blowing transformation." Suckling echoes: "Drinkable now and please try a bottle, but it’s one for the cellar."
The 2018 Napanook is also now available and ready for shipping or collection from HDH's cellar. James Suckling remarks, "One of the best I have ever tasted," as he describes the wine: "Medium- to full-bodied with such beautiful depth and length. So subtle and long. Fabulous harmony." (97 points) This second wine from the Dominus Estate vineyard displays Napa Valley typicity with lush black and red fruit over dusty minerality. It's ready to drink now but will continue to develop over the next 15 years.
 
 
 
 
(100 JS | 99+ WA | 97 AG)
$285 per bottle
 
 
 
 
(97 JS | 93+ WA | 92 AG)
$75 per bottle
 
 
 
2018 Dominus Critical Accolades

"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."
(100 points) James Suckling

"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+."
(99+ points) – Lisa Perrotti-Brown for Wine Advocate

"The 2018 Dominus is wild and exotic from the first taste. Lifted aromatics make a strong opening impression. There is something exuberant about the 2018 that is hard to describe. The 2018 is not a huge Dominus, nor is it massively structured, but the intensity of the flavors is remarkable just the same. Dark raspberry, spice, leather and cedar are some of the many notes that open over time."
(97 points) – Antonio Galloni
 
 
 
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