2016 Napanook, Dominus Estate, Napa

The 2016 Napanook shows the breeding and brilliance of the grand vin in the vintage. Notes of bramble and wilder hedgerow fruit, with plenty of grippy tannins, and a nice thread of minerality. The finish is impressively long: this punches above its weight.

Critic score
92.5/100
Pricing
Magnum
9 available
£139.76
Case, 3 Magnums
3 available
£419.28

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    USA
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2035
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Magnum (150cl.)
2016 Napanook, Dominus Estate, Napa

TASTING NOTES

The 2016 Napanook will give readers tons of pleasure pretty much upon release. Open-knit and deep, with terrific fruit purity, the 2016 is impeccably balanced from start to finish. In this vintage, Napanook is distinctly medium in body, which adds to its immediacy and sheer appeal. Expressive aromatic top notes and silky tannins round things out nicely. I would prefer to drink the 2016 over the next decade or so.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (December 2018)
92/100

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. 3,500 cases produced.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (October 2018)
93/100
Dominus Estate

Christian Moueix is one of Bordeaux’s most famous names, where he and his son Edouard run a prominent negociant business in Libourne and own several of the Right Bank’s top names, most notable Lafleur-Petrus. However, with a love for Napa Valley wines dating back to his time at university in California in the 1960s, he sought land there, and gained a stake in the historic Napanook vineyard before buying it outright in 1995. Christian soon renamed the 124 acres “Dominus”, after its Grand Vin, and has continued to build it as they introduced a second wine, Napanook, and third wine, Othello.

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