1992 DOMINUS

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Originally posted by jorgerunfast:
i have an offer to purchase a 3L at a good price, with solid provenance...I'm wondering what the general perception of the '92 is.

tia

BUY

I wouldn't say '92 is better than a '94 showing well. I will say that, for the price you'll pay compared to what the '94 will command, there's no question at all. Big dif in price, maybe a small dif in profile (not in taste)
Had the '92 and '94 side-by-side last week and the '94 was clearly superior. Both bottles had excellent provenance (direct from the winery), and the '92 was definitely on the decline whereas the '94 was still going strong.

I've had each vintage between 3-5 times, and I would say drink up on both fronts. The '92 before it's completely dead, and the '94 before it starts its decline.
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Originally posted by futronic:
Had the '92 and '94 side-by-side last week and the '94 was clearly superior. Both bottles had excellent provenance (direct from the winery), and the '92 was definitely on the decline whereas the '94 was still going strong.

Glad to see your '94 showed well, fut.
I just feel compelled to clarify that, even with superb provenance, there is inherent bottle variation.
Personally, I've yet to have a '92 'in decline' and I've also had several. Just sayin'...
Naturally it's into the "good bottles" phase, but the last couple of times I've had it (twice in the past three years), the tannins have been fully resolved and the wine was fading.

If your experiences from 750mL have been better, or if you've been drinking from magnum, then fantastic!
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Originally posted by futronic:
Naturally it's into the "good bottles" phase, but the last couple of times I've had it (twice in the past three years), the tannins have been fully resolved and the wine was fading.

If your experiences from 750mL have been better, or if you've been drinking from magnum, then fantastic!


curious was the fully resolved tannins what you consider to be fading? I personally love that about this wine and that it still retains fruit.
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Originally posted by TBird:
was just offered the 07 at $129.99, whadda ya think?

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Originally posted by differentdave:
tad off topic, the last 2 vintages have been/should be stellar however their pricing has gotten out of control imho.


there's a shop here that has it for $120. if you want some i may be able to negotiate it down to $115 if we buy 6 or more
dave, email me and i will forward you the who and where(if you do not take jorge up). it's sorta local and i think has a $1 shipping per bottle if you order 6...

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Originally posted by differentdave:
buy it and if any left I will take at least 3
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Originally posted by wine+art:
This night the nose was full of rose petals and cherry and a whiff of cedar. On the palate I got more Merlot (plum) than I expect in Dominus, followed with black cherry currant, spice, tobacco, coffee with a touch of mineral on the finish.

w+a


Enjoyed this wine over the weekend. Notes were consistent with those documented above. The only addition would be that the nose of this wine was just astonishing, it provided such powerful and complete aromatics. Excellent!
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
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Originally posted by g-man:
my bottle just got nothing but olives and more olives =(
You should try drinking the port after, not before the Dominus. Razz


bet it was the italian before that did me in tho
Assuming this was the night I was over, what Italian did you/we have?
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Originally posted by NolanE:
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
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Originally posted by g-man:
my bottle just got nothing but olives and more olives =(
You should try drinking the port after, not before the Dominus. Razz


bet it was the italian before that did me in tho
Assuming this was the night I was over, what Italian did you/we have?


any italian would do =)
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
This night the nose was full of rose petals and cherry and a whiff of cedar. On the palate I got more Merlot (plum) than I expect in Dominus, followed with black cherry currant, spice, tobacco, coffee with a touch of mineral on the finish.

w+a


Enjoyed this wine over the weekend. Notes were consistent with those documented above. The only addition would be that the nose of this wine was just astonishing, it provided such powerful and complete aromatics. Excellent!


Finest vintage of Dominus, ever.

Glad your bottle was special.
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Originally posted by diver609:
I just received (2) bottles of 1992 Dominus as a gift. I can't find any info about this year for Dominus. Is it a good year? Should I lay-it-down or should I drink it now? I need help! Thanks


My attitude is better to drink one year early then one year late Smile
Just picked up one at JJ Buckley for $129. I took advantage of the by a $50 gift card for $25. Too bad you can only put one in at a time, otherwise it would have cost me less than $75. Either way, I'm still glad I got it at ~$100, taking 1 gift card into account. I just hope the provenance is decent.

Thanks for the heads up Keytohwy!
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Originally posted by lizardking:
Just picked up one at JJ Buckley for $129. I took advantage of the by a $50 gift card for $25. Too bad you can only put one in at a time, otherwise it would have cost me less than $75. Either way, I'm still glad I got it at ~$100, taking 1 gift card into account. I just hope the provenance is decent.

Thanks for the heads up Keytohwy!


If this bottle shows well, you just stole an exceptional bottle of wine.

Good luck.
- Opened at Mastro's in Palm Desert:

The bottle & fill were in perfect condition. The cork came out in two pieces, yet had no signs of bleeding/ seepage.

Decanted for approx an hour. Much darker in color than other vintages I have had, to recently include the '97. A very dark ruby core yields only slight signs of bricking with a crimson rim.

The nose is killer. Primarily dominated by dark berries, currant, and anise, the only thing telling me this wine is California is the ripe, remarkably fresh fruit. Secondary notes including crushed rock, meat, & even a hint of tomato puree' (strange, I know).

On the palate, medium + body, with mouth-coating flavors of (again), fresh dark fruit, mocha, & tobacco. Tannins are definitely present, with some time before they are fully resolved. The transition from the midpalate to the finish is a little awkward, the only obvious flaw in the wine. 30+ second finish.

* Based on this bottle, the '92 is in a prime window, but there is no way that it's in a decline. I could see this going strong for another decade, and drinking well long after that. Excellent stuff. I will seek out more.

(94)
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
We enjoyed this last night. Pulled from a case purchased on release and of unquestionable provenance. This wine was damned near perfection. If it were to be tasted blindly, would have been regarded as bordeaux (no question). Thanx asterixis.


This wine reminded me of a mid-90's La Mission Haut Brion, with slightly riper fruit. Fantastic stuff, and I'd like to compare this to the '94 someday soon.
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
We enjoyed this last night. Pulled from a case purchased on release and of unquestionable provenance. This wine was damned near perfection. If it were to be tasted blindly, would have been regarded as bordeaux (no question). Thanx asterixis.


Glad to hear how well the bottle drank, Bro.

The '92 is such a unique Dominus, ( best ever I think) and very different than other Dominus vintages.

The '92 is a Right Bank like vintage while other vintages are more Left Bank like. With just over 50% ( very rare for Dominus) Cabernet Sauvignon and only 25% new barrels for this vintage, it is very different than say the '91 or '94 wines.

Place the '92 in a Right Bank blind tasting and it blends well, place it in a Left Bank blind tasting and it sorely sticks out.

I look forward to seeing you soon! Cool
If there is a newer thread for this wine, I couldn't find it. That surprised me since it seems sunnylea57 drinks one of these every other week! Big Grin

I should have taken detailed notes when having this on Sunday, but we had special friends over and I was enjoying their company this didn't feel like grabbing a pen or typing on my phone. This wine was special. Opened the bottle about 3 hours before dinner and had a taste, then deemed it didn't need extended decanting. I did decant the open bottle about a half hour before serving with dinner. No sediment worthy of mention, and no bricking - a beautiful ruby color. I absolutely loved the nose of leather, cherry, blueberry, plum and tobacco. It reminded me of the 95 Margaux aromas when jcubed generously shared that wine with us a few months ago. My pre-dinner taste finished with a bit of heat; that blowing off was the only noticeable change with time and air. Seamless with a long finish. Bravo.

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