2010 Dominus - Napanook 750ml

USA - California - Napa - Yountville/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2010 Dominus - Napanook
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Bright ruby-red. Expressive, nuanced, lightly medicinal aromas of blackberry, mocha, coffee, spices and tobacco leaf. Offers lovely sweetness and texture, with tangy peppery lift to the flavors of bitter cherry, burnt sugar, chocolate and herbs. Dense and long for this bottling, finishing with a tart cherry note and excellent verve. This should evolve slowly for a second wine. Very successful.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 168

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Score: 91
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/26/2014

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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