Dominus Napanook 2016
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We've got the latest release of Napanook from legendary producer Dominus. It's ready to drink now, or hold for another 15 years. It is loaded with decadently delicious flavors ranging from dark, ripe fruit to chocolate and singular spices. It's got earthiness and full body to spare. What more do you need to know??
James Suckling: "This is a flamboyant red that offers hazelnuts, dark berries and a hint of chocolate. Full-bodied with round and soft tannins. So fresh. So rich, enticing and layered. A blend of 84% cabernet sauvignon, 9% petit verdot and 7% cabernet franc. Delicious now. Drink or hold. April 2019 release." Nov 2018
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "Very deep purple-black in color, the 2016 Napanook Proprietary Red Wine is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc aged in 20% new oak. A beautiful perfume of violets, aniseed, truffles and lavender is just starting to emerge over a core of warm cassis, blackberry preserves and ripe plum plus hints of cedar chest, chocolate box, rare beef and cardamom. The palate is medium to full-bodied and firmly textured with very ripe tannins, gradually revealing layers of black and blue fruits plus loads of earthy sparks, finishing with amazing freshness and depth. Drink 2019-2033. 3,500 cases produced." Oct 2018
Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the 2016s, this was a more abundant year for this estate and the vintage was compared to 2006 by the winemakers. The 2016 Napanook is another terrific wine and has a more elegant, pretty, seamless style than the 2015, with the purity of the 2016 vintage front and center. Classic red and blue fruits, spring flowers, and tobacco leaf notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced red that will keep for 10-15 years. Drink 2019-2034." Jan 2019
Winery: "Napanook 2016 offers a bouquet of lavender, cedar, ripe plum and savory earthiness supported by a structure of bright and lively tannins.
Napanook is made solely 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.
Rainy days were spread out evenly over the course of a warmer than average winter. With soil water reserves full, vines grew quickly with dense canopies. Bloom and veraison unfolded in warm and dry conditions and one heat spike of 103°F was recorded on July 26th. Ripening slowed down in August because of cooler temperatures and late morning fog. Fruit zone de-leafing and higher temperatures in September helped fruit to ripen consistently.
|Varietal||84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc|
|Aging||20% new oak|
|Region||Napa Valley, California|
|Production||Limited to 3,500 dozen|
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