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2003 Dominus Napanook Vineyard

  • 90 WA
  • 80 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 49498-2003-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    ($39; 88% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot) Moderately saturated ruby-red color. Cool aromas of dark berries, tobacco leaf, licorice, minerals and fresh herbs. Then spicy but a bit green-edged in the mouth, with flavors of currant and raspberry. Finishes with rather soft tannins and strong spice character. This sample had been in a decanter for six hours. A just-opened bottle was similarly cool on the nose, then tighter but fruitier in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and herbal flavors.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 80

    Dominated by charry, cedary oak, tastes stale and tired, with a hollow midpalate. Failed to inspire in three tastings.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The second wine (3,100 cases), the 2003 Napanook, is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot and Malbec. It offers a dark plum/garnet color as well as an evolved but intriguing nose of cedar, spice box, high quality cigar smoke, sweet currants, incense, red cherries, plums, and black currants. Complex with excellent concentration, beautiful balance, and sweet tannin, it can be drunk now or cellared for another 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Splendid - not so far from the real thing.
    Author: Nick Riley
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 230 bottles owned
  • 29 collectors