(From 2010 Vintage) Sweet floral notes and mesquite emerge in the 2010 Napanook. Generous yet restrained, the wine shows minerality and notes of dried herbs followed by caramelized orange peel, bing cherry and exotic spice flavors. The finish is long and balanced.
In 1996, Christian Moueix first released Napanook, a wine specifically intended to be enjoyed in its younger years. Eight years later, Napanook has achieved near legendary status in Yountville with its blend of four varietals from vineyard lots chosen for their finesse, lively fruit and subtle tannins. Harmonious in balance, this wine is truly a pleasure to drink.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesBy Dominius Estate. 68% Cabernet Sauvignon; 17% Cabernet Franc; 11% Merlot; 4% Petit Verdot. If conveying impressions of ripeness and mass in the nose, this blunt and loosely defined wine is never especially articulate in fruit, and its passing notes of black cherries on the palate fade away too soon to dryness and a bit of heat. Patently lacking in vitality and a little small in fruity heart, it carries questions enough about its ability to age into something better.
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