Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2007 vintage is vibrant and rich, filled with fresh cranberry, incense and floral aromas, round tannins and exceptional energy. Creamy on the palate, the wine is pure, precise and powerful. This vintage is one of the finest produced to date.
"A sumptuous vintage of Napanook, this is fat with raspberry and earth funghi scents. Then it's anything but fat in the middle, more a slip of a cabernet, polished, supple, youthful in its healthy, toned feel. The purple, mineral tannins merge with the fruit's violet and rose scents, integrated into one complete and vibrant flavor. Probably at its best eight to ten years from the vintage, this is already delicious to drink. For squab stuffed with porcini and black cherries. "
Wine & Spirits
"The other significant change is how the quality of Napanook has risen. Really a separate entity these days, the 2007 continues to show wonderful elegance, sweet finesse and ripe Napa Valley fruit. It is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot."
The Wine Advocate
"Good deep red-ruby. Slightly roasted aromas of black raspberry, tobacco, licorice and dark chocolate. Suave on entry, then a bit disjointed in the middle palate, with an edge of acidity to the black raspberry, redcurrant and mocha flavors. Slightly dry tannins. There's solid density here but the wine needs a year or two to harmonize."
International Wine Cellar
Big & Bold
Wonderful Bordeaux blend; Deep ruby red color; Sweet aromas of black raspberry, tobacco, licorice and even dark chocolate; Vibrant and rich on the palate. An edge of acidity with cranberry, black raspberry, red currant and mocha flavors; Slightly dry tannins. Lush, elegant, and pure; Really nice, creamy finish! This will only get better after a couple of years, but still really good now. Decanted for about an hour and it just got better and better as the night went on.
Big & Bold
Tasting Notes: Even though a lot of people might cringe at a $47 second label wine, let me be the first to say that the 2007 Napanook is worth every penny. Consider it a special occasion wine, but just be sure to consider it. From Christian Moueix of Chateau Petrus fame in Bordeaux, this single-vineyard wine is bursting with freshness. The nose is heavenly with aromas of cherries, strawberries and blackberries that are still on the vine. There are also undertones of vanilla bean, caramel and liquorish. The taste is equally as impressive with more of the rich, concentrated vine-ripened qualities that make the wine seem incredibly alive. It’s got big, ripe tannins and needs at least an hour to decant, but it really shows what is possible with California Cabernet when it’s not manhandled in the winery. Food Pairing Suggestions: The Napanook is a very versatile wine that would go with a wide range of meats, but don’t complicate the seasoning. Just use salt and pepper, as any rubs or marinades run the risk of overpowering the wine. I could see this being a perfect pairing with short ribs braised in red wine. Also a rib eye steak cooked medium rare would be a great accompaniment. Even leaner meats would work well because of the wine’s balanced tannins. I would caution against excessive use of smoke as it will detract, but browning with a sear or crust would be just right.
if you drink now, leave it open for at least an hour before enjoying this gem.
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