2009 Dominus - Napanook(Yountville) 750ml

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2009 Dominus - Napanook(Yountville)
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(cabernet sauvignon blended with 8% petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc): Good medium ruby-red. Cool, rather shy aromas of dark berries, licorice and pepper, with nuances of white fruits. Supple and spicy, with an herbal quality to the flavors of dark berries, spices and mint. Nicely fine-grained in the mouth but in a cool style. The slightly drying finish shows a good kick of tannins and calls for at least a couple years of patience.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162

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Score: 89
Author: Cellar Dweller 33
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/14/2014
Score: 92
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/15/2014
Score: 92
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/26/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2022
Excellent, it does seem a 2nd label wine, it has all with such armony and balance with grace. Medium to full body that is very fresh, lively and delicious for drink now and for the next decade in where second nounces and complexity will be gaining.

About This Producer


Since its inaugural vintage in 1983, the wines of Dominus Estate have been crafted in a traditional and terroir-driven style by the luminous Christian Moueix of Petrus fame. Unable to pass up the change to make what he called the Haut-Brion of Napa, Moueix came to own the legendary Napanook Vineyard through a partnership with and eventual buyout of Robin Lail and Marcia Smith, the daughters of John Daniel of Inglenook Winery. Moueix eschews irrigation, acidification, and the heavy usage of oak (18 months in French barrels, with only 1/3 new) common amongst his Napa colleagues. The exceptional terroir of Napanook in combination with his skillful viticulture and traditional winemaking techniques have repeatedly resulted in some of the most broadly enjoyable Napa Cabs available and clearly place Dominus in the upper echelon of this genre. Since 1996 the estate has released a second wine called Napanook.

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