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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2003
Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2003
(search item no. 88718)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $45.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Napanook is made solely from grapes grown in the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. Napanook is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

The 2003 has a dark garnet color, with a nose of vanilla bean, cedar and red fruit. The tannins are soft yet broad and complement the cherry and currant notes that develop on the palate. The intense fruit flavors continue well into the finish, enhanced by a hint of spicy cinnamon.

The 2003 blend is comprised of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. No Merlot was used in the blend this year.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well from up to 10 years. Christian Moueix recommends decanting the wine before serving to allow it to reach its full potential.

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About Dominus:

In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines. Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer from Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.

His love of Napa Valley lingered and in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name 'Dominus' or 'Lord of the Estate' in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.