Napanook, Napa Valley , 2015

  Dominus Estate

Ripe black fruit with sweet redcurrants and impressively suave silky tannins, very concentrated rich and intense with more depth and spice, traces of earth, bitter cocoa and vanilla, it will need more time to cut through the sheer fruit density of this 2015 than the more immediate Othello.

Contains Sulphites.

About Dominus Estate

This is a Christian Moueix venture in California that was quick to achieve cult status. Its fame is such that demand far outweighs supply of the limited production Dominus wine. Its stablemate, Napanook, is made from the same vineyard and is a similar Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot blend that has marginally softer tannins and, although is designed for earlier drinking, will still cellar well for five to ten years.

Appellation: Napa Valley

Arguably Americas most important wine growing region, home to the likes of Dominus, Heitz, Cain Cellars and Opus One. Bordeaux varietals are key in this 40 mile long North-South valley that stretches from the San Fransico Bay up towards Calistoga and the sheer variety of different climats and vineyard sites is as bewildering as the sheer variety of styles of wine produced. At their best these can be some of the most opulent examples of Cabernet Sauvignon in the world - truly great wines with dinstinctly long cellaring potentials, but more youthful approachability than their european counterparts.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc | Merlot | Petit Verdot | Malbec

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties (excluding the rarely used Carmenere) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Malbec ad Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.