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2018 Napanook

ITEM 8302287 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
jothi $80 $80
$80
Item Sold Amount Date
I8339821 3 $90 Jul 24, 2022
I8302287 1 $80 Jul 3, 2022
I8290622 1 $80 Jun 26, 2022
I8121076 2 $91 Feb 27, 2022
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RATINGS

97James Suckling

Gorgeous aromas of plums and currants with some wet earth, mushroom, bark and incense undertones. Woody. Medium-to full-bodied with such beautiful depth and length. So subtle and long. Fabulous harmony.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...incredibly well, with fabulous crème de cassis, spring flowers, graphite, and green tobacco aromas and flavors. With terrific ripeness, medium to full body, and ripe, yet polished tannins...

93+ The Wine Advocate

...scents of fresh blueberries, black cherries, crushed blackcurrants and redcurrant jelly with hints of pencil shavings, red roses and dusty soil plus a waft of bay leaves. Medium-bodied, the palate is very tightly wound, allowing glimpses at loads of mineral and savory nuances among the taut black and red fruit notes, supported by fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing with a compelling herbal lift.

92Wine Spectator

...red and black currant and cherry reduction notes compressed with sanguine, iron and singed cedar streaks. The long, finely tuned finish has a mouthwatering echo. Approachable, but no rush.

92Vinous / IWC

...such a pretty, inviting wine...especially aromatic and savory in style. Dried herbs, earthiness, tobacco, cedar and licorice all open effortlessly...remarkable purity and tons of grace. Medium in body and open-knit...

PRODUCER

Dominus Estate (Second Label)

Dominus Estate is a California classic producer with a French winemaking pedigree. Founded and owned by Christian Moueix, whose family owns the legendary Chateau Petrus in Pomerol, France, Dominus Estate wines are shaped by Moueix’s education at the famed UC Davis viticulture and enology programs. Located in Yountville, CA in the Napa Valley AVA, Dominus Estate began in 1982 as a partnership between Moueix and the owners of Napanook Vineyard, Robin Lail and Marcia Daniel Smith, who were themselves the daughters of John Daniel Jr. Daniel was for many years owner of the much-admired Inglenook winery in Napa Valley. With an eye for classically styled wines embodying the Napa Valley, Moueix began producing Dominus Estates wines formally in 1984 and became the sole proprietor for both Dominus Estate and Napanook in 1995. Like other cult classic producers such as Opus One, Dominus was from the start an enterprise combining traditional Bordeaux winemaking techniques with Napa Valley terroir. One of the ways this was achieved is by utilizing the Napanook property itself, originally planted in the late 1850s when George Yount first began planting vines in Napa Valley. Today the winery is run by a team of French winemakers, and the wines are noted for, as wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. has written, “their unmistakably French personality.” In addition to Dominus Estate, Moueix himself continues to oversee production for Pomerol’s Château La Fleur-Pétrus . Reflecting a traditionally Bordeaux makeup of varietals, the vineyards are planted to 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Some 85,000 bottles are produced annually. The estate’s second wine is Napanook to honor the land the estate was founded on. Buy Dominus Estate wine on WineBid today.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

VINTAGE

2018 Napanook

This is a second label of Dominus Estate