2010 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1136605 95 points James Suckling

 Fresh and floral with berry, light cedar and chocolate character. Full body with a dense center palate and gorgeous berry, chocolate and hazelnut. Long finish. One of the best Napanooks ever. Second wine of Dominus.  (5/2014)

94 points Vinous

 Dark red cherry, plum, spice, wild flowers and mint jump from the glass in the 2010 Napanook. Layered and totally sensual, the 2010 impresses for its balance. With time in the glass, the wine blossoms beautifully, filling out its frame with impeccable grace. Beams of minerality and acidity support the powerful, salivating finish. The 2010 Napanook is one of the wines of the vintage in its price range. The 2010 is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. The absence of Cabernet Franc and Merlot gives the 2010 much of its unique, compelling personality. (AG)  (11/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Napanook (98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot) reveals a pungent, spicy, earthy, slightly herbal nose, and an exuberant mouthfeel with lots of plum, licorice, red and black currants and a hint of sweet cherries. The wine is slightly more in-your-face and aggressive than most Napanooks, but I enjoyed its exuberant style. Drink this beautiful 2010 over the next 12-15 years. (RP)  (10/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Expressive, nuanced, lightly medicinal aromas of blackberry, mocha, coffee, spices and tobacco leaf. Offers lovely sweetness and texture, with tangy peppery lift to the flavors of bitter cherry, burnt sugar, chocolate and herbs. Dense and long for this bottling, finishing with a tart cherry note and excellent verve. This should evolve slowly for a second wine. Very successful. (ST)  (6/2013)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Here is a very solid, well-crafted young Napa Valley Cabernet that hews to fairly classic lines. It is moderately full-bodied and deep in well-defined, distinctly curranty fruit, and it does not let simple ripeness determine its course. It hints of roasted herbs, vanilla, dusty soils and a bit of briary spice, and it shows great continuity and a long, very confident finish. It is supple enough to be a bit of a tease in its youth, but there is far more to come, and its exceptionally well-integrated tannins guarantee years of positive growth.  (8/2013)

Wine & Spirits

 A selection from Christian Moueix’s Dominus Estate in western Yountville, Napanook is a blend of the early-drinking lots—98 percent Cabernet and two percent Petit Verdot in 2010. It melds the coolness of the vintage (some green, high-acid notes) with the superripe fruit that matured through the late-season heat waves. The texture is soft, with posh scents of walnut from its time in oak; the tannins are fine, with the sweet spice of mincemeat in the end. Give this a year or two in bottle before serving with roast lamb.  (12/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 Tastes candied at this time, offering a myriad of raspberry and cherry jam, red currant and caramelized oak flavors. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, with additions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it's a rich, satisfying wine...  (9/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Dense and gutsy, this muscular Cabernet shows elements of finesse and refinement, with chewy currant, earth and cedar notes leading to a push of red berry fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024. (JL)  (10/2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5