Dominus is the red wine produced from the historical Napanook vineyard, 124 acres in size, in Yountville, mid-Napa Valley, California. Christian Moueix of St. Emilion and Pomerol (France) began producing Dominus with the 1983 vintage. The wine is essentially made from Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
It has now obtained worldwide recognition and although Californian by birth with its opulence, spiciness and rich fruit, it clearly has a French reference with its emphasis on elegance and refinement. A winery - designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron - has been built on the site in 1997, and is closed to the public. A second wine, named Napanook, has been produced since 1996.
Napanook is, since the 1996 vintage, the second wine of Dominus. Napanook is a historical vineyard of 124 acres, located in Yountville, Napa Valley. Midway between Napa and St. Helena, it lies west of the Highway 29 at the foot of the Mayacamas. It is the original ranch where George Yount planted the first vines of the Napa Valley. More recently, it was one of the three vineyards from which the great vintages of Inglenook were made. Christian Moueix became a part owner in 1982 and full owner in 1995. A red wine called Dominus has been produced from the ranch since 1983 with increasing success.
Dominus 2000 Estate Napa Valley, California
The First Vintage of the new millennium will be remembered for its fine
quality. The 2000 vintage allows Christian Mouiex's Bordeaux-style of
winemaking to shine through. This wine explodes in the mid-palate, with
essences of spices and leather. The long, lingering finish displays a
harmony of tobacco, coffee and fruit.
This wine is a blend comprised of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet
Franc, 5% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.
Dominus 2002 Estate Napa Valley, California
"The 2002 Dominus gets my nod as the greatest example of this cuvee since the 1991 and 1994." "There are 4,500 cases of this 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot blend fashioned from minuscule yields ranging from 1.8 to 2.8 tons of fruit per acre.