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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2006
Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2006
(search item no. 99330)
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 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
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate 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
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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

The 2006 vintage is deep crimson in color. Its nose is dense, complex and full of black cherry, fresh almonds and bitter chocolate notes. The entry is very full and velvety, enveloped with round, deep tannins. The finish lingers on with aromas of bramble berries, cigar tobacco and cocoa beans.

Napanook 2006 is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot.

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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.