Ratings & Tasting Notes:
The John Daniel Society was the name of the original joint venture between Christian Moueix of Chateau Petrus in Pomerol and the daughters of the late John Daniel Jr. who inherited the Inglenook estate from his great-uncle Gustave Niebaum. This is a rare and highly collectible bottle that you may not ever see elsewhere. While Dominus is a Bordeaux style blend, this wine is the straight Cabernet Sauvignon from the same famed Dominus Estate.
While we have no tasting notes from this wine, here are the tasting notes from the 1986 Dominus Estate:
93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
One of the richest, densest, most concentrated offerings in the entire tasting, it also proved to be one of the best-balanced, with better integration of acidity and tannin than many 1986s exhibited. The color remains a deep, dark ruby, with purple hues. Dense, concentrated, and pure, with copious quantities of cassis fruit intermingled with earth, spice, and minerals, this large-scaled, concentrated wine appears to have aged at a glacial pace since I first tasted it. Accessible because of its well-integrated, low acidity, this wine should continue to evolve and drink well. (RP) (8/1996)
In theory this was a clever California wine to serve first, before we had cottoned on to the transatlantic theme, since Christian Moueix’s early wines from his Dominus estate (first vintage 1983) were particularly bordeaux-like in youth. However this one seemed so sweet and dense that once I had realised it was from Napa Valley I guessed it was Caymus, which is not really the style of Dominus at all. Perhaps it was the proximity to the slightly more austere charms of the Cheval that made it seem so burly and sweet. 17.5/20 points (JR) (6/2010)
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.
Please note: The bottle shown is the exact bottle being sold.