(2012 Vintage) NAPANOOK IS A BLEND OF BORDEAUX VARIETALS SPECIFICALLY SELECTED FROM THE ESTATE VINEYARD FOR THEIR LIVELY FRUIT AND BOLD CHARACTER. NAPANOOK WINES ARE YOUTHFUL AND EXUBERANT, MEANT TO BE ENJOYED REGULARLY WHEN A MORE CASUAL WINE IS CALLED FOR.
Roederer rep tasting at Party Source. Decanted 6 hrs. Look: '09 great deep purple [actual 2008]. Nose: Plum, cedar, clay; blackberry. Body: 2.5% milk. Taste: Plum, oak, cedar, eucalyptus, dust, red soil. Finish: Big tannins on the end. Finish 1 minute. Summary: 89 pts. (4936 views)
Nice cab. More French than typical Napa cab. Rounder, less tannic, LEDs fruit. More balanced. Garnet. Red cherry.
12/26/13 w Andrew - AMAZING, worth the price, very complex
Had this bottle at Ellina's in Aspen.
Robert Parker(2001 Vintage) "The impeccably made 2001 Dominus boasts a dense plum/purple color in addition to a fragrant, promising perfume of cocoa, cedar, coffee, roasted herbs, and copious quantities of black fruits. There are 7,000 cases of this 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot blend. Rich and medium to full-bodied, with sweet but noticeable tannin, a layered mid-palate, and a long finish with obvious tannin, it will require 3-4 years of cellaring. It should last for two decades...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) By Dominus. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon; 14% Cabernet Franc; 10% Petit Verdot. Although it opens first with a comparatively complex and elegant nose of raspberries, vanilla, sweet oak and pepper, this bottling proves to be far from refined in the mouth and is very much bound up in tannin. Its fruit fights hard but in the end succumbs to astringency and is likely to do so for many years hence.
International Wine Cellar(2005 Vintage) Good deep red-ruby. Complex, enticing aromas of black raspberry, brown spices, game and earth. Sweet and lush, but with a juicy acid spine giving firmness to the dark raspberry, redcurrant and floral flavors. Spicy and shapely for this second wine, with good energy and length.
Wine Spectator(2005 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/2008
Robert Parker(2005 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 00/00/0