2010 Dominus Impending Arrival
by Peter J Troilo
"The Dominus 2010 displays compelling notes of black cherries and plums as well as a hint of graphite and sandalwood. With a round and sweet attack, the chiseled and deftly polished tannins give a savory evolution. Its finish is long and replete with cedar, anise and cacao.
The 2010 vintage is composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. In recent years the Napanook vineyard has undergone an extensive replanting program. This, coupled with a rigorous selection of lots for the final blend resulted in the smallest quantity of Dominus produced since 1984.
We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.
The 2010 season began with a cool and wet spring, resulting in a late bud break, flowering and veraison. Summer was also cool but a record-breaking heat wave (107°F) marked the end of August. The heat of late summer and early fall resulted in an extraordinary concentration of tannins and color. While the high temperatures dramatically reduced yields for Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the Cabernet Sauvignon thrived in the late season warmth.
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: October 4
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 23
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%
TIME IN BARREL: 18 months
BOTTLING DATE: July 2012
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3000
RELEASE DATE: June 2013"
There's some important information here that can be easily missed.
- Only 3000 cases were produced. That's the smallest amount of this wine produced since the inaugural 1983 vintage. On Monday, August 12th, CT inventory was 100 six packs. When I checked it last night, it was 70 six packs. The wine will not be around past September.
- The start date for harvest is on the late side of the timeline for Dominus. This means extended hangtime that leads to greater concentration and depth.
- It's the first time since 1985 that cabernet franc was not used in production.
2010 Dominus Estate
Regular Price - $204 per bottle
Pre-Arrival Price - $169 per bottle