1997 Dominus - Napanook(Yountville) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Good deep red. Very ripe aromas of plum, redcurrant, black cherry and menthol, plus distinctly grilled notes of tobacco, hot stones and roasted nuts. Sweet entry, then densely packed and shapely, with good purity of red fruit flavor thanks to the high cabernet franc content. Rather seriously structured for a second wine. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins. A lot of California cabernet for the price.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Average rating: 89, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

304 bottles owned by 118 collectors.

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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.

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

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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