2020 Dominus 'Napanook' Red Blend Napa Valley

$99.95
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The 2020 vintage was dry, with only 17” of rain, leading to a small crop of high quality. Warm spring and summer temperatures ensured balanced shoot growth and rapid, even ripening. Careful hand selection and sorting eliminated heat-affected berries. As custodians of our historic ranch, we prioritize creating ideal grape-growing conditions, nurturing organic soil and biodiversity, and practicing dry farming for sustainable viticulture

Christian Moueix, whose family owns Château Pétrus in Pomerol, fell in love with Napa Valley during the late 1960s while attending UC Davis. In 1982, he partnered with Robin Lail and Marcia Smith, daughters of legendary Inglenook owner/winemaker John Daniel, to create Dominus Estate on the site of the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville. This was the only portion of the old Inglenook estate retained by the Daniel family after Inglenook was sold in 1964. The first vintage was 1983 and since then, Moueix has painstakingly restored the original vineyard - first planted in 1836 by pioneer George Yount - which now totals 108 dry-farmed acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Christian Moueix
Vintage:
2020
Oak Treatment:
20% New French Oak
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Vineyard:
Napanook
Total Varietal Composition %:
88% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Cabernet Franc 5% Petite Verdot
SKU #:
1052128
Size:
750 ml Bottle
JS95

James Suckling

Aromas of currants, blackberries, fresh mushrooms and flowers. Medium-bodied with compacted fruit and integrated, fine tannins. Ripe fruit with reserve. Attractive and alluring. Excellent structure.