Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard Napa Valley 2006

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The 2006 Napanook (a 3,500-case blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest<br/>small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot) is made in a riper,<br/>more California style than usual, displaying more exuberant, up-front notes of<br/>kirsch, black currants, and plums. Deep and full-bodied with low acidity, sweet<br/>tannin, and a fleshy, succulent personality, it tastes like a classic Napa<br/>Cabernet. Consume it over the next 10-15 years. <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Dec-2008)

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Dominus Estate is owned by Christian Moueix from Libourne, France. His goal, supported by the team at the winery, is to produce great wine representing the unique terroir of the Napanook vineyard. Our philosophy is very traditional—that is, in order to produce great wine we need the best possible grapes. Therefore, we concentrate our efforts in the vineyard. The vines are meticulously manicure... Read more
Dominus Estate is owned by Christian Moueix from Libourne, France. His goal, supported by the team at the winery, is to produce great wine representing the unique terroir of the Napanook vineyard. Our philosophy is very traditional—that is, in order to produce great wine we need the best possible grapes. Therefore, we concentrate our efforts in the vineyard. The vines are meticulously manicured—we believe in crop-thinning, "nettoyage," washing the grapes, and other labor-intensive activities. During each visit to California, Christian Moueix spends most of his time in the vineyard, not only because he loves it, but also to better understand the natural expression of the vintage. Following the maturation of the clusters allows us to harvest the grapes under the best conditions. When the fruit enters the cellar after harvest, it follows a natural process of fermentation with few interventions. Our approach is that of a minimalist's. Following fermentation, the wine is blended in a manner that expresses the natural qualities of the fruit, not forced into a style with preconceived notions. Read less

External Reviews for Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
05/06/2010

Dunkles Granatrubin. Holunder, Amarena und Pflaumen sowie Kirschtabak und Kakaobohnen in der konzentrierten Nase. Druckvoller Auftakt mit stoffigen Tanninen und zartpelzigem Extrakt, komplexe Mitte mit aufwärmendem Schmelz, viel schwarze Frucht und dunkle Schokolade, druckvolles, langes Finale. Falls Sie den Wein jetzt schon geniessen möchten, unbedingt 3 Std. vorher dekantieren.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/20/2011

RP: 96 Points WE: 93 Points WS: 86 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/17/2010

There are 6,500 cases of the superb 2006 Dominus (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot). Its dark plum/purple color is accompanied by aromas and flavors of truffles, forest floor, black cherries, black currants, and Asian spices. One of the finest wines of the vintage, it is complete, full-bodied, and seamlessly built with beautiful ripe tannins, low acidity, and a luscious, layered mouthfeel. The aromatics are even more evolved and complex than the 2005's. The 2006 should drink well for 20-25 years. Unless you knew that this was Dominus and had tasted older vintages, you might not be impressed. In its youth the wine is tannic and dry and linear. However, it is Dominus and it does need cellaring. Right now it shows blackberry, black currant, cedar and baker's chocolate flavors. Will slowly open and reach maturity after 2011, and could easily develop for far longer. - S.H. A tight, reined-in style, with dry herb, cedar, dried currant, sage and mineral notes. Full-bodied, ending with a trim, tannic finish that suggests short-term cellaring. The best of two bottles tasted. Best from 2011 through 2015. 6,000 cases made. -JL


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
01/15/2010

Christian Moueix, owner of one of Bordeaux most iconic properties, Chateau Petrus, came to Napa Valley with the desire to produce the best red wine in the valley. Dominus is the result and vintage after vintage it excels, reaping awards, accolades and rave reviews. The 2006, a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot is one of the best ever. Robert Parker scored it 96 points and said " "...One of the finest wines of the vintage, it is complete, full-bodied, and seamlessly built with beautiful ripe tannins, low acidity, and a luscious, layered mouthfeel. The aromatics are even more evolved and complex than the 2005's. The 2006 should drink well for 20-25 years." Very Limited. not sponsored by or affiliated with The Wine Spectator, The Wine Advocate or the International Wine Cellar. This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.



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The 2006 Napanook (a 3,500-case blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest<br/>small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot) is made in a riper,<br/>more California style than usual, displaying more exuberant, up-front notes of<br/>kirsch, black currants, and plums. Deep and full-bodied with low acidity, sweet<br/>tannin, and a fleshy, succulent personality, it tastes like a classic Napa<br/>Cabernet. Consume it over the next 10-15 years. <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Dec-2008)

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