Dominus is the red wine produced from the historical Napanook vineyard, 124 acres in size, in Yountville, mid-Napa Valley, California.
Dominus Estate is owned and operated by Christian Moueix who first came to
California from France when he was in his 20’s. He studied viticulture and
enology at UC Davis in the late 1960’s. This was shortly after several of Napa’s
early wine pioneers had graduated from Davis – most notably industry pioneer
Napa winemakers including Justin Meyer (Silver Oak Cellars), Rick Forman (Forman
Vineyards) and Nils Venge. Christian Moueix 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.
A towering, utterly magnificent wine, the 2010 Dominus boasts stunning depth and
power. Asphalt, licorice, menthol, plums and cassis wrap around the palate and
never let up. The 2010 is endowed with serious density and structure, so it is
going to require plenty of time to come together.
"Composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the stunning,
full-bodied 2010 Dominus boasts an exceptional perfume of hoisin sauce,
licorice, underbrush, forest floor, plums, black currants and jammy cherries
intertwined with hints of cedar, baking spices and oak. Full-bodied and
voluptuously textured, the 2010 is on a slightly faster evolutionary track than
the 2009 (somewhat of an anomaly for these two vintages). This exquisite as well
as prodigious 2010 can be drunk young, but it should age effortlessly for 20-25
years. Bravo!" Rated 100 - Robert Parker' Wine Advocate
We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its
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