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2008 Dominus Napanook Vineyard

  • 93 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • 91 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 49498-2008-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    (93% cabernet sauvignon, 6% petit verdot and 1% cabernet franc): Good bright red-ruby. Musky aromas of black raspberry, redcurrant, tobacco, menthol and herbs. Offers a light touch to its dark fruit and herbal flavors but comes across as tight today, and not yet showing much pliancy or sweetness. In a cool, minty style but this clenched wine is still a baby. (I tasted this bottle just before press time in New York; my earlier sample at Dominus was lower-toned and did not display as much lift.)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • | Rating: 91

    A balanced and pretty wine with blueberry and minerals. Medium to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicious finish. Dried flowers, milk chocolate and spices. No need to wait for this; it's ready.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 2008 Napanook (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot) may be one of the greatest Napanooks made. It is a deeper, richer, more intense wine with full body, an endearing texture and a long, pure finish. These two are 'take your pick| vintages, but wine enthusiasts would probably be remiss in not having both 2007 and 2008 in their cellars.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    This is tight and complex, very Bordeaux-like in its focus, range of flavors and structure, with dried berry, mineral, loamy earth, tobacco, cedar and tar notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Peterman
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Elwood
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Ish Wine Cellar
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.

See other similar producers:Cardinale Estate,Dalla Valle Vineyards,Pahlmeyer

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 213 bottles owned
  • 31 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 31 collectors)