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Dominus Napanook 2013

Dominus Napanook 2013

750ML    
Sku: 130780

Christian Moueix first released Napanook in 1996 with the intention of producing a wine to be enjoyed in its younger years. Napanook is a blend of the four varietals coming from vineyard lots chosen for their finesse, lively fruit and subtle tannins. The goal is to find the perfect equilibrium between these elements, creating a wine that is harmonious in balance and pleasurable to drink.

Rating
2008: 93 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "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."


Wine maker notes
Napanook is made from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. The wine is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

Napanook 2008 is a silky wine filled with intense aromas of mocha, almond and citrus zest. The mid-palate is rich with texture and density, while structure and minerality mark the finish.

The 2008 vintage is comprised of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for more than a decade. Christian Moueix recommends decanting young wines before serving to allow them to reach their full potential.


Other text
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "This estate, owned by Christian Moueix [of Chateau Petrus], includes the famed Napanook Vineyard that was the base of so many of the historic Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignons of the 1950s and 1960s. Interestingly, they have completely eliminated Merlot from the bottling. The 2007 Dominus is a 5,400-case blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. There are 4,200 cases of the 2008 Dominus which is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Lower yields resulted in a denser, more concentrated wine. The remarkable thing about these cuvees is that they smell like a hypothetical blend of a top Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and a serious Bordeaux, possibly a cross blend of a Pomerol and Pauillac. Both wines possess silky sweet tannins, which is the big difference between Dominus post-1990 and the first seven vintages, where the tannin content was relatively high. About 40% new oak is used in their upbringing."


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