2009 Dominus - Napanook(Yountville) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

(cabernet sauvignon blended with 8% petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc): Good medium ruby-red. Cool, rather shy aromas of dark berries, licorice and pepper, with nuances of white fruits. Supple and spicy, with an herbal quality to the flavors of dark berries, spices and mint. Nicely fine-grained in the mouth but in a cool style. The slightly drying finish shows a good kick of tannins and calls for at least a couple years of patience.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/26/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2022
Excellent, it does seem a 2nd label wine, it has all with such armony and balance with grace. Medium to full body that is very fresh, lively and delicious for drink now and for the next decade in where second nounces and complexity will be gaining.

Rating: 92
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/15/2014

Rating: 90
Author: Cellar Dweller 33
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/11/2015

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

101 bottles owned by 15 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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