With its own distinct personality, Napanook presents a bold and vibrant character. Its exuberant fruit, smooth structure, and medium bodied texture lend to its immediate appeal.
Vinification/ Aging: Thorough cluster sorting by hand. Optical sorting of berries. Gentle pump-overs delicately extract aromas, color, tannin, and reveal the personality of each lot. Hand-racking barrel to barrel every three months using the esquive. Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels (20% new).
Alcohol Grade: 14.5%
Best to have it: 16-18ºC
Size: 750 ml
The Winery: Dominus Estate
The Napanook vineyard is nestled in a natural amphitheater at the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains on the west side of the Napa Valley. Fed by winter rains, its underground springs flow through ancient riverbeds and provide a natural supply of water to its grapevines, allowing them to develop deep roots.
It was here, in 1838, that George Yount planted Napa Valley’s very first vines.
The 2019 Dominus Napanook is born from the hands of one of the world’s best winemakers, Christain Moueix. Coupled with the talents of the french-born Moueix are the exquisitely grown grapes from the near-perfect 2018 vintage. Needless to say, there aren’t many wines like the 2019 Napanook that have this elite pedigree of champion winemaker, near-perfect vintage, and critical praise. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better drinking experience than the 2019 Napanook. Get yours while you still can.
Christian Moueix is one of the few producers to make classic wines in both the old and new worlds, Christian Moueix is President of Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, the leading wine company of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, and owner of Dominus Estate in the Napa Valley.
A viticulturalist at heart, Christian Moueix’s tenure has been marked by the introduction of revolutionary vineyard techniques including, from 1973, crop-thinning as a means to improve grape quality. Today he produces wine from ten family chateaux including La Fleur Petrus, Trotanoy, Hosanna, Providence in Pomerol and, Belair-Monange and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.
In 1982, Christian Moueix formed a partnership to produce Dominus from the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville. Adapting his French technical approach to Californian winemaking.