1999 Dominus - Napanook(Yountville) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

Deep red. Roasted strawberry, mocha and spicy oak on the nose, with complicating hints of tobacco, currant leaf and game. Sweet and spicy in the mouth, with slightly roasted yet cool flavors of spicy red fruits, tobacco and caramel. Offers lovely verve, very fine tannins and noteworthy persistence. This has turned out nicely, but still needs some time in bottle to harmonize.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: JP
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 12/29/2008
Drink Dates: 2014
Site Blog: http://www.ribeirasacrawine.com

Average rating: 89, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

245 bottles owned by 73 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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