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97-Point Napanook - Last Chance At One Of The Star’s Of Napa’s 2013 Vintage - 03/28/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

While many wines from the superlative 2013 Napa vintage left us stunned and amazed, there’s a special space in our hearts for the 97-Point, Napanook. Coming from the famed Dominus Estate it has consistently been one of top Bordeaux blends out of California since its inaugural release back in 1996. Given the success of the vintage we knew 2013 was going to be very special bottle and as it turns out we were absolutely right. The critics raved, we raved, and our customers all raved. From day one demand for the ‘13 Napanook has outstripped our supply with us returning to our supplier for additional allocations time and again. Well, the final parcel has arrived and we expect it will sell every bit as quickly as the previous drops. About as magnificent a wine you can find for under $80, now is the last time to stock up on one of the truly great values of the 2013 vintage.

Operatic in style and scope, the 2013 Napanook is no shrinking violet, but a power-packed thrill ride that’s tailor-made for those who love a bold and extravagant style of Cab. Wonderfully complex, evolved, and full-bodied it leads with dark, penetrating flavors of cassis, plum, violets, dark chocolate, espresso, wild mushroom, and herbs. Still a very youthful wine, it is evident from the first sip that it has years upon years of evolution ahead of it. A vineyard selection of the very same vines that also produced the triple 100-Point, 2013 Dominus Estate, it has a pedigree that far exceeds wines of a similar price. We can’t think of a second wine out of California that operates as such a high-level. 2013 has afforded many great opportunities with Napanook standing at the top of our list. If you haven’t picked up your bottles yet, or decided you need more, now is the time to act. Don’t miss out on this spectacular opportunity to acquire one of the true great values of 2013.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2013 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 >60 $79.99 View
2013 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 >36 $329.99 View
2011 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 6-pack in OWC 94 10 $899.00 View
2013 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 6-pack in OWC 100 7 $1,950.00 View


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2013 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($79.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Fabulous nose of mushrooms, like porcini, with black truffle that turns to citrus fruits such as orange and tangerine. Some vine bark. Full-bodied yet wonderfully firm and formed with refined and polished tannins. Super definition. Drink in 2018, but wonderful to experience." (01/2015)

95 points Vinous: "Just as magnificent from bottle as it was in barrel, the 2013 Napanook is dense, powerful and brooding, with searing intensity and extraordinary balance. Lavender, plums, violets, licorice and smoke are some of the signatures, but the 2013 exudes finesse, power and intensity. Bracing and searing, the 2013 is going to require quite a bit of patience. If anything, this is an insane level of quality for the second selection. The 2013 could turn out to be a thirty year old wine. It is every bit that magnificent, especially if given some aeration. (AG)" (10/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 2,000 cases of the 2013 Napanook Proprietary Red Wine, a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. This wine reflects the much higher quality thats emerging with the second wine of Dominus, which has really become almost its own entity. Loads of loamy soil notes, grilled herbs, meat, blackcurrants, sweet kirsch and licorice are all present in this medium to full-bodied, lush, sexy wine, even in 2013. (RP)" (10/2015)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The estate Napanook is made to be soft in tannin and fresh in fruit. It succeeds in this vintage on both accounts, blending 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, allowing the wine to age in 20% new barrels. Clove, currant, black tea and chocolate-covered raspberry lie luxuriously on the palate, finishing in velvety violet. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (11/2016)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "This is a selection from Christian Moueixs estate on the western edge of Yountville, where only 25 percent of the vintage went into Dominus. Napanook tends to come from younger vines and the sunnier side of each vine row, as well as blocks to the east, where the influence of the rocky, benchland soils is less prevalent. Napanook takes on a coltish energy in the 2013 vintage. If you open the bottle and pour, you might find candied cherry flavors and firm, brisk tannins. A day later, that candied edge is gone, absorbed into the airy tannins, the tight, linear structure yielding mineral notes and juicy freshness. Give it hours in a decanter, or cellar it for at least five years." (10/2016)

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 02, 2016

It's impossible to believe the Napanook is a second wine, but that's fine with me because it just means we get Dominus fruit and quality at a third of the price. The grapes that go into the Napanook come off of the exact same vines that produce the Dominus Estate. The only difference; sun exposure. With the vines oriented West to East, the sun hits the fruit on different sides of the vine at different times in the day. One side gets the bright, early morning sun, while the other receives the hot, golden afternoon sun that peaks right before sunset. These differing sun exposures creates unique phenolic ripeness depending on which side of the vine the grapes lie on and Dominus takes this into account and chooses to bottle them separately. What you get from the 13 Napanook is the same quality, structure and ageability as the Dominus Estate but with a touch more accessibility. This Bordeaux blend is intense, concentrated and structured with a sweet mid-palate ripeness of dark black, brooding fruits, and an almost savory sanguine character. The dense silky texture is matched with some young, grippy tannins that will integrate with just a little bit of time in bottle. What truly showcases the Dominus fruit is how glorious this wine is going to age. The Napanook will be phenomenal with just a short amount of aging and can be continually enjoyed over the years as you wait for the 13 Dominus Estate to properly age.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 02, 2016

While this isn't the 3x100 point masterpiece that is the 2013 Dominus, it is a wonderful alternative at a spectacular price. Truly a second wine of the Dominus, the Napanook possesses an incredible level of depth and concentration. The intensity of the blue and black fruits is mesmerizing. The palate is clean, pure, and full bodied without an ounce of extra fat or fluff. Everything is in perfect balance. The alcohol is just high enough to add a smooth glycerol weight, but low enough to leave the wine feeling cool and complete. With all of the hype of the 2013 vintage in Napa and the accompanying price increases, this is absolutely a top value. Don't miss it.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 01, 2016

It is crazy to think that this is a second wine. This wine has more structure, complexity and polish than most wines that are significantly more expensive. While "Bordeaux blend" is often used to describe the varietals used in a blend, it almost never make me think of Bordeaux wine. Here is does, this is Napa Valley Bordeaux. Dark fruits, earthy mineral tones, cigar box; sounds like Bordeaux right, wrong its Napanook. This has great concentration and structure, drink it now or cellar it for a decade. Just like a great Bordeaux, only better? Once you taste this you'll understand where I am coming from. Oh, and by the way, all the grapes for this wine come from the same vines as Dominus.

Staff ImageBrian Allie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 01, 2016

What a spectacular experience it was to taste this at Dominus! And what a taste it was! Bright and lovely with black and red berries on the nose. Cherry and plum flavors come through wonderfully, with a bit of dark chocolate. Fresh floral notes and a lovely minerality tie this wine to together. It was like velvet on the palate. Highly recommended!

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 01, 2016

Tasted at the winery following the '12. While the previous vintage was defined by a cool purity and elegance, the 2013 is a much more compact and juicy style of Napanook. While the "Grand Vin" at Dominus reflected a tightly wound First Growth, Napanook seems to show more of a robust Napa character in 2013. All that being said, it is a ton of wine for the going price (especially for the heart of Napa) and considering it comes from the triple 100-point Dominus vines, I'd expect this will be quickly snatched up by collectors.

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2013 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($329.99)

100 points Decanter: "A captivating bouquet of violets, lilac, black fruit, blood orange and meaty soil tones is striking for its extravagent range and amplitude; and on the palate, the wine is three-dimensional, sophisticatedly savoury, and massive but refined. Tod Mostero remarks that, having crafted the 2013 Dominus, he can die happy as a winemaker. Selection here was especially rigorous, as the team wanted to realise the vintage's unparalleled potential as fully as possible, so only 3,500 cases were produced. A special label commemorates the 30th anniversary of Dominus Estate. Drinking Window 2023 - 2065 (WK)" (05/2016)

100 points James Suckling: "The aromas to this are multidimensional and fascinating with black truffles, bark, cloves, black currants and citrus - even ginseng. Full-bodied, yet reserved, even austere, with chewy and powerful tannins that remain polished and refined. The flavors are more umami and savory. Then there's forest fruits and red orange undertones. It lasts for minutes. A wine to age for a lifetime. It's an experience to taste this. A new classic showing its history and tradition as a source of the greatest wines ever from Napa. A wine to always enjoy." (01/2016)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Dominus is, to my way of thinking, one of the most profound wines Christian Moueix has yet made in his rather brilliant winemaking history, both in France and in Napa Valley. This wine, with very low yields of only 3,500 cases and a final blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, offers up notes of cedar wood, forest floor, loamy soil and oodles of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. Very opaque purple in color, super-pure and intense, this wine has low acidity, but ripe, noticeable tannins. This is a 30- to 40-year wine and a profound effort from this famous vineyard in Yountville. Drink it over the next 40+ years. (RP)" (10/2015)

100 points Vinous: "The 2013 Dominus overwhelms all the senses with its magnificent overall balance and towering intensity. Deep and nearly impenetrable in the glass, the 2013 boasts off the charts dry extract and overall power. Violets, smoke, black cherries, menthol, incense, crème de cassis and dark spices are some of the many signatures that take shape in the glass. Even better in bottle than it was in barrel, the 2013 is utterly magnificent. This is a remarkably vivid, nuanced wine considering its sheer size. (AG)" (01/2015)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2017

It is hard for a wine with this much press and excitement to live up to the billing but somehow it does just that. It is tightly wound at the moment even after an eight hour decant, but the quality of the material is undeniable as it endlessly evolves in the glass. Like a top vintage of Latour, it is easy to imagine 2013 Dominus evolving for decades and the class and pedigree is nearly beyond compare. The price is up there, but considering what the elite of Napa or First Growths can cost, it makes sense. This will be a reference-point wine for years to come, no matter how you look at it.

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2011 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 6-pack in OWC - 10 available ($899.00)

94 points Vinous: "Savory herbs, menthol, smoke and licorice are some of the aromas that open up in the glass in the 2011 Dominus. This is a relatively immediate, expressive Dominus with plenty of near-term appeal. The style is open and succulent for the year, with lovely balance and poise. Crushed rose petals and dried herbs linger in the close. With time in the glass, the 2011 fleshes out nicely. In 2011 Dominus is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. (AG)" (11/2013)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "Christian Moueix and his team at Dominus have experience with rainy vintages in Bordeaux. They also farm a site that is particularly well adapted to draining excess water. So they produced a remarkable 2011, a late vintage challenged by rain close to harvest. Its proof that a challenge met can create something sublimelike this floral, red-raspberry-scented vintage of Dominus. Its a tense chord of flavor incorporating green herb, tobacco, cassis and raspberry in a lasting harmony. The sophisticated structure suggests it will age with grace, while the gentleness of that structure will make it accessible along the way. A great bottle for lamb." (10/2014)

93 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of tobacco, currant, berry and mineral. Ink and lead pencil. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely texture and freshness. Not the amazing 2010 but excellent. Better in 2015." (05/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(86% cabernet sauvignon, 9% petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc): Bright red-ruby. Riper on the nose than the Napanook bottling, offering scents of redcurrant, espresso and bitter chocolate. Sweeter in the mouth as well, showing considerably more fat and attractive floral lift to its flavors of dark berries, herbs, pepper, licorice and spices. Fine-grained and concentrated but still a bit youthfully compact, in need of at least a few years of bottle aging to absorb some of its tannins. 90+ Points" (05/2014)

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2013 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 6-pack in OWC - 7 available ($1,950.00)

100 points Decanter: "A captivating bouquet of violets, lilac, black fruit, blood orange and meaty soil tones is striking for its extravagent range and amplitude; and on the palate, the wine is three-dimensional, sophisticatedly savoury, and massive but refined. Tod Mostero remarks that, having crafted the 2013 Dominus, he can die happy as a winemaker. Selection here was especially rigorous, as the team wanted to realise the vintage's unparalleled potential as fully as possible, so only 3,500 cases were produced. A special label commemorates the 30th anniversary of Dominus Estate.Drinking Window 2023 - 2065" (05/2016)

100 points James Suckling: "The aromas to this are multidimensional and fascinating with black truffles, bark, cloves, black currants and citrus - even ginseng. Full-bodied, yet reserved, even austere, with chewy and powerful tannins that remain polished and refined. The flavors are more umami and savory. Then there's forest fruits and red orange undertones. It lasts for minutes. A wine to age for a lifetime. It's an experience to taste this. A new classic showing its history and tradition as a source of the greatest wines ever from Napa. A wine to always enjoy." (01/2016)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Dominus is, to my way of thinking, one of the most profound wines Christian Moueix has yet made in his rather brilliant winemaking history, both in France and in Napa Valley. This wine, with very low yields of only 3,500 cases and a final blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, offers up notes of cedar wood, forest floor, loamy soil and oodles of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. Very opaque purple in color, super-pure and intense, this wine has low acidity, but ripe, noticeable tannins. This is a 30- to 40-year wine and a profound effort from this famous vineyard in Yountville. Drink it over the next 40+ years. (RP)" (10/2015)

100 points Vinous: "The 2013 Dominus overwhelms all the senses with its magnificent overall balance and towering intensity. Deep and nearly impenetrable in the glass, the 2013 boasts off the charts dry extract and overall power. Violets, smoke, black cherries, menthol, incense, crème de cassis and dark spices are some of the many signatures that take shape in the glass. Even better in bottle than it was in barrel, the 2013 is utterly magnificent. This is a remarkably vivid, nuanced wine considering its sheer size. (AG)" (01/2015)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2017

It is hard for a wine with this much press and excitement to live up to the billing but somehow it does just that. It is tightly wound at the moment even after an eight hour decant, but the quality of the material is undeniable as it endlessly evolves in the glass. Like a top vintage of Latour, it is easy to imagine 2013 Dominus evolving for decades and the class and pedigree is nearly beyond compare. The price is up there, but considering what the elite of Napa or First Growths can cost, it makes sense. This will be a reference-point wine for years to come, no matter how you look at it.