For back ground of the occasion, see previous entry re: OTBN
(NW) decided to treat us all with one of the hallowed reds from days gone by. I am sure (NW) will fill you in on a bit of the history of Dominus.
This wine is a solid garnet with opaqueness to the rim. It has grapey, vegetal, peppery, celery Cabernet aromas on opening that will change as it breathes.
In the mouth this wine is evenly structured with toasty, though closed flavors and velvety tannins. This wine needs to be breathed.
With some time the wine opens up to a complex treat of dill with dark berry fruit all over. All the other things present on opening are gone.
This wine is interesting in that it seems like it absolutely at its peak and yet it gives every indication that it will remain that way for years. Right now though it is perfectly round and well integrated in every way. It should be since this wine ran around $110 several years ago when it was purchased.
This was a nice treat to be sure and yet for the money, I would rather spend half as much on any number of wines out there from Napa and have two bottles of wine which would be truly extraordinary. Either way, it was a great evening so raise a glass!