By: AJ McClellan

Today we popped the almost perfect, 99 point, 2012 Dominus. I am a huge fan of the Dominus wines! Each year they make a excellent bottling that always has top notch quality, but also reflects the vintage it was grown in. The 2012 is no exception, and with such a great vintage you can expect a wonderful bottle.

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The 2012 Dominus opens with a powerful nose, like freshly cut bell peppers sprinkled with black pepper and wrapped in a tobacco leaf.  The palate is refined, for the youth of the wine, but still sits heavily with strong tannins and notes of black berries, dark chocolate, and cooking spice. With almost two hours in the glass the wine dropped the green notes and moved to a sultry, smoky place with a finish of mocha and cedar. This wine is still a baby, but with 15+ years in the bottle I think this will be a star of the vintage…