1996 Dominus Estate Proprietary Red

Year: 1996
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"Complex, with mature herb, currant, anise and sage notes that are reminiscent of an aged Bordeaux. Ends with a supple texture, fine-grained tannins and good length.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now." (WS)

"Medium garnet-brick colour. Complex, evolved aromas of black olive, dried cherries, bacon fat, graphic, balsamic, soy and a touch of truffle. The palate is finely knit with crisp acidity and a medium level of very fine tannins pulling together fruit a well balanced amount of earthy / savoury fruit. Very long finish." (WA)

"Good deep red. Inviting aromas of roasted plum, black raspberry, coffee and woodsmoke, plus hints of chocolate, loam, narcissus and game. Very sweet, supple and full in the mouth, with flavors of redcurrant, plum and cedar. Gives an impression of lower acidity than the '97. Very long on the finish, with substantial, dusty tannins." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
The 1996 Vintage exhibits a deep garnet robe with ripe flavors of blackberries, dried cherries and hints of violets, allspice, vanilla and tobacco. Silky tannins and a long and complex finish balance its warm, luscious and elegant body.

The blend includes 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Verdot and 4% Merlot. As with all Dominus wines, we recommend decanting this wine prior to serving to allow it to develop its full potential.

Vintage Summary:
The heavy rains of February and March were followed by a warm April and May which allowed good moisture for the growing season and an early budbreak. The warm weather continued in June and July and was followed by very hot days moderated by cold nights in August and September. These excellent growing conditions allowed the fruit to mature to full balanced maturity.