In the late 1960s, christian moueix fell in love with the napa valley and its wines...

In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines. son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer FROM Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.

His love of Napa Valley lingered and, in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name 'Dominus' or' Lord of the Estate' in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.

Rooted in values of quality, stewardship, tradition and innovation, the Dominus Estate team shares a vision of producing distinctive wines that express the essence of the historic Napanook vineyard.

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Early morning harvest at dominus estate

We are committed to making balanced wines of exceptional quality, which, through clear vision, intellectual rigor and unceasing effort, express the characteristics of our terroir.

At Dominus Estate, we combine centuries-old traditions of grapegrowing and winemaking with innovative practices to transform the highest quality grapes into fine wines with a great potential for aging.

Our respect for the land and the history of this place underlies our role as caretakers of the vineyard and our commitment to conveying a property that is improved for future generations.

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One of the most respected wine producers in the world, Christian Moueix is on a personal quest for perfection in grapegrowing and winemaking. It is a journey that began in Bordeaux and continues today at Dominus Estate, where he has instilled his philosophy and inspired his team to share his values. To walk the vineyard with Christian is to witness a commitment to the land, a strong sense of purpose and the modest soul of a man of the vines.

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Gently sloping from the foothills of the mayacamas
Range in the yountville appellation, dominus estate is
Sited on the historic napanook vineyard...

Enjoying a temperate climate, the Napanook vineyard's volcanic, well draining soils are specifically suited to growing Cabernet Sauvignon and the other Bordeaux varietals which compose the Dominus Estate wines.

In 1838, George Yount, who gave his name to the nearby town of Yountville, planted some of the first vines of the valley here. In 1850, he sold the land to Charles Hopper, another early settler, as part of a significant land purchase extending to the north. Since that time, the Estate has had several esteemed owners, including Hugh La Rue, a pioneer in the use of rootstocks, and John Daniel, the owner of Inglenook, who added the grapes from the Napanook Vineyard in the Inglenook blend from 1943.

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Historic napanook vineyard

103 acres planted

Varietals planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Soil Type: gravelly and clay loam

Climate: warm dry summers tempered by cooling breezes from the san pablo bay. Cold, wet winters. Mid-valley location affords moderate temperatures.

dry farmed

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Timeline

Rancho caymus, an 11,814-acre land grant in present day napa county is given to George C. Yount by the mexican government. named for a subgroup of the mishewal-wappo indians, the rancho included present-day yountville, oakville and rutherford.

The napanook vineyard is purchased by john daniel, whose inglenook cabernet sauvignon is regarded as one of the finest wines ever produced in the napa valley.

Christian Moueix begins farming the Napanook Vineyard.

Christian Moueix reviews the Quality of the Grapes to be used in the first Vintage of Dominus.

Dominus Estate produces its first vintage of Napanook.

Herzog and de Meuron complete the winery, their first commission in the United States. They were awarded the Pritzker prize in 2001.

Moueix purchases Schmidt ranch, a 40-acre property located in Oakville, one mile north of Dominus Estate.

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John Daniel being interviewed by
KSFO in the Napanook Vineyard

Christian Moueix's deep respect for history and his commitment to conveying the land to future generations underlies the role of the Dominus Estate team as caretakers of the land. Since its inception in 1983, Dominus Estate has been a community leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, at the forefront of preserving the environment.

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Christian moueix and winemaker
Tod mostero in the napanook vineyard

Sustainability at Dominus Estate

Erosion controls protect the Hopper Creek watershed,
home to native salmon and other species.

Dry farming conserves water.

Passive cooling of the winery reduces energy
consumption.

Cover crops naturally replenish the soil, prevent erosion and support beneficial insects for pest management.

Electric golf carts conserve gasoline, minimize dust and
reduce soil compaction.

Owl boxes and bluebird houses provide homes to natural
predators of vine pests and rodents.

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Spring cover crop

Protecting Hopper Creek

 

Winding its way through the Napanook Vineyard, the Hopper Creek Tributary to the Napa River is an important habitat for native Pacific Coast Steelhead Salmon. Restoration of this waterway has created a more hospitable environment for spawning and migration of native wildlife. Additionally, the removal of non-native plants has benefited both indigenous species and vineyard health.

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Hopper Creek

Completed in 1997 by the visionary Swiss architects, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the Dominus Estate winery is perfectly integrated into its landscape, offering panoramic views of the vineyard and hillsides. With its gabion facade, the winery seems to dissolve into its surroundings, an intentional effect, underscoring the importance of the vineyard in the production of a great wine.

The winery was Herzog and de Meuron's first project outside of Europe. from Basel, Switzerland, The architects have since constructed numerous renowned buildings, including the Tate Modern in London, the Allianz Stadium in Munich, the Prada boutique in Tokyo, the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the "Bird's Nest" stadium in Beijing. In 2001, they were awarded the Pritzker Prize, contemporary architecture's highest award.

Winery Features>

Entrance to the Winery facing West

Winery Features

 

Measurements: 446' x 26' x 80' (136m x 8m x 24m).

Tilt-up concrete structure with gabion exterior cladding.

Gabions filled with basalt rocks from nearby American Canyon.

Gabions provide insulation from heat and cold and allow natural light to filter into interior spaces.

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The winery’s western exterior passageway

Gabion facade captures and dissipates thermal energy

Winery interior

"A wine is only as good as the grapes
from which it is produced...", Christian Moueix

Meticulous efforts are made throughout the seasons to produce grapes of the highest quality for Dominus and Napanook wines.

Viticultural Practices>

Christian moueix has practiced crop thinning
since the first vintage of dominus

Viticulture Practices at Dominus Estate

During the winter season, precise cane pruning
ensures ideal cluster spacing for optimal fruit ripening.

Dry farming relies on a deep root system to take
advantage of natural water sources from rain and
underground supplies.

the french plough removes invasive weeds and
encourages deep root growth.

cluster thinning optimizes quality through
yield regulation.

Strategic trellising ensures perfect canopy management.

Frequent grape sampling provides invaluable data
for determining optimal ripeness.

Rinsing the grapes 10 to 15 days before harvest
removes dust and enhances the purity of the fruit.

Hand-picking with small french shears instead of
harvest knives minimizes bruising and vine damage.

small harvest baskets preserve the integrity of
the clusters as they are transported to the winery.

the sunny side of the vines is picked a few days before
the shady side respecting perfect maturity.

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Grapes are hand picked with small
shears at the time of harvest

Individual berries are frequently sampled
for quality and size prior to harvest

Dry farming is more than just avoiding irrigation of the vines. It is an active form of preserving moisture in the ground through the use of cover crops and careful cultivation so that irrigation is not needed. The reward is wines that are deeply connected to the soil and complex in flavor.

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Cover crops and careful cultivation with the french plough

Dominus Estate wines are meticulously made with an objective of purity, balance and complexity. Minimal intervention and restraint throughout the process of grape berry selection, fermentation and aging preserve the character of the fruit. The resulting wines convey the very personality of the Napanook vineyard.

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Tasting in the winery’s technical tasting room

Winemaking at Dominus Estate

Separate lot-by-lot fermentation.

cluster sorting by hand is complemented by an
optical berry sorting system.

Gentle pumping-over extracts aromas, color and tannins.

Vertical wine press at low pressure delicately releases
components from the skin.

Racking barrel to barrel in 100% French oak
removes sediment and assures clarification of the
wine during aging.

Egg white fining eliminates impurities.

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Meticulous cluster and individual berry sorting

Vertical wine press

Individual lot samples during fermentation

The Vistalys Optical Sorter is an automated berry sorting system using image analysis to eliminate unwanted elements, like stems, at a rate of up to ten tons an hour.

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THE VISTALYS TARGETS AND DISCARDS IMPERFECT BERRIES

The vistalys targets and discards imperfect berries

The vistalys evaluates and sorts
each grape berry individually

Dominus Estate Winemaking is inspired by the
Tradition of Classic Bordeaux Wines...

Known for its complexity and balance, dominus demonstrates the potential of a wine produced on exceptional terroir. Structured, seamless and perfectly integrated, dominus is an elegant wine that
improves with age.

We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential, particularly when serving young dominus wines.

Vintage summaries>

Napanook is a blend of bordeaux varietals specifically selected from the estate vineyard for their lively fruit and bold character. Napanook wines are youthful and exuberant, meant to be enjoyed regularly when a more casual wine is called for.

Vintage summaries>

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Vintage summaries

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DOMINUS 2011

2011 DOMINUS

The 2011 vintage displays fresh almond, wild strawberry and cassis. The wine has delicate notes of smooth caramel.  Polished tannins, dark berries, cocoa and sage accompany a long elegant finish.

The 2011 vintage is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc.

We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential.  This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

VINTAGE SUMMARY

A vintage that demanded experience and selection, 2011 was characterized by unusually wet conditions. The growing season began with a cold spring, delaying bloom after an early budbreak. Summer’s average temperatures prolonged the growing season. Rains at the beginning of October precipitated a selective harvest, where our Bordeaux experience of such conditions proved to be very useful.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: October 15

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 24

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 18 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 2013

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 5000

RELEASE DATE: April 2014

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 2010

The Dominus 2010 displays compelling notes of black cherries and plums as well as a hint of graphite and sandalwood. With a round and sweet attack, the chiseled and deftly polished tannins give a savory evolution. Its finish is long and replete with cedar, anise and cacao.

The 2010 vintage is composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. In recent years the Napanook vineyard has undergone an extensive replanting program. This, coupled with a rigorous selection of lots for the final blend resulted in the smallest quantity of Dominus produced since 1984.

We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential.  This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

Vintage Summary

The 2010 season began with a cool and wet spring, resulting in a late bud break, flowering and veraison. Summer was also cool but a record-breaking heat wave (107°F) marked the end of August. The heat of late summer and early fall resulted in an extraordinary concentration of tannins and color. While the high temperatures dramatically reduced yields for Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the Cabernet Sauvignon thrived in the late season warmth.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: October 4

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 23

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 18 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 2012

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3000

RELEASE DATE: June 2013

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 2009

The Dominus 2009 exemplifies the finest qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon from an ideal vintage. The nose, at once powerful yet restrained, is dense and filled with pure dark berry fruit and hints of sandalwood. On the palate is a harmonious blend of fresh plum and focused minerality with tannins that are firm, round and elegant. Spherical in quality, this wine is complete from start to finish. A sublime vintage.

The 2009 vintage is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot.

We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential.  This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

Vintage Summary:

2009 was characterized by an ideal season. Plentiful rainfall in February and May abated winter drought concerns, and a mild spring with few temperature fluctuations contributed to even bud break and healthy bloom. Summer temperatures were consistently warm, without excessive heat spikes, and a long Indian summer allowed the berries to develop perfect complexity and ripeness. Harvest was an intense effort, beginning on October 5th and was completed on October 12th, just before the heavy rainfall on October 13th.  

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST:  October 5

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST:  October 12

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS:  40%

TIME IN BARREL:  18 months

BOTTLING DATE:  June 2011

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED:  6000

RELEASE DATE: May 2012

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 2008

Dominus 2008 is a wine of great purity and definition, with distinct berry aromas and a supple yet precise palate. Deep blackberry and dark plums complement fine mineral notes. This wine is intensely perfumed, velvety and ethereal.

The 2008 vintage is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and
4% Petit Verdot.

We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

Vintage Summary:

A challenging year for viticulturists yet extremely rewarding for winemakers, 2008 was conditioned by uncommonly low precipitation throughout the winter and spring. Starting in mid-March through late April, cold mornings threatened the young shoots with frost while dramatic temperature fluctuations during flowering hampered pollination, resulting in few berries per cluster. Reduced water reserves in the soil limited vigor, decreased berry size and generated record low yields. With six days over 100ºF, the summer was warm; a peak of 104ºF was recorded on August 28th. The end of September marked the start of a quick and high-quality harvest characterized by evenly ripened grapes.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 19

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 3

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

MONTHS IN BARREL: 18

BOTTLING DATE: June 2010

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 4500

RELEASE DATE: June 2011

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 2007

Dominus 2007 is a seamless “haute coutur” estate wine with an intensely aromatic nose and perfectly elegant palate. Notes of ripe red cherries, fresh almonds, pomegranate and blond tobacco precede sweet tannins and a wonderful, bright finish with great length. It is youthful, noble and discreet.

The 2007 vintage is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.

We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

Vintage Summary:

The 2007 vintage began dry with some very cold days and single-digit nighttime temperatures in early January, and continued dry, with about 60% of normal precipitation through the spring. Temperatures were warmer than normal in April and May with resulting earlier budding, bloom and set. The summer growing season continued on the mild to cool side. There was a brief period of heat that spiked to 103° F on August 29th, but the temperatures cooled after several days. Clusters, as well as individual berries on the clusters were notably small and nicely concentrated in all varieties due to the dry season.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 11

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 5

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 18 months

BOTTLING DATE: June 2009

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 5000

RELEASE DATE: June 2010

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 2006

The Dominus 2006 epitomizes the best qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon in a top terroir of Napa Valley. At first, the wine displays tremendous power. Then, it surprises by the purity of the fruit and the lingering finesse. It clearly possesses a fantastic aptitude for aging. We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

“When I drank Dominus 2006 in Europe recently, it confirmed what is for me the best definition of a great wine,” Christian Moueix declared. “This wine travels well. Dare I say that the 2006 vintage is our best so far.”

The 2006 blend is comprised of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. No Merlot was used in the blend this year.

Vintage Summary:

The 2006 growing season started late; bud-break was delayed by very wet and cold weather throughout winter and early spring. An exceptionally hot mid-summer season helped accelerate growth. By the end of July, when temperatures soared over 100° F on eight days, the vines had entered into a more typical cycle. Beautiful weather followed in August, with characteristic warm days and cool nights. Mid-veraison was observed on August 8. Mild temperatures throughout the months of September and October allowed for increased hang-time and favored perfect ripening.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: October 2

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 26

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 16 months

BOTTLING DATE: June 2008

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6000

RELEASE DATE: June 2009

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 2005

In 2005, weather, budbreak and set were ideal, allowing us to harvest quality grapes and to reduce intervention in the cellar.

Dominus 2005 is dark red, almost deep crimson in color. The nose is dense and compact, filled with dark berries, blond tobacco, black cherries and cacao. The entry is both powerful and supple, spherical in quality. Perfectly ripe, the enveloped tannins are firm, rounded and elegant. Black fruit and licorice linger throughout the evolution in mouth, well-balanced and harmonious. A superb vintage.

The 2005 blend consists of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. No Merlot was used in the blend this year.

This wine clearly has tremendous aging potential. We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

Vintage Summary:

The winter was typical, with only slightly above-average rainfall. We received 28″ during the winter, 6″ in March and 4″ in May. Rains were light and spread out over 68 days. Temperatures throughout the season were quite moderate; we saw a cool spring that delayed budbreak, and a summer without excessive heat. 2005 was a year with only 23 days over 90° F, and one day over 100° F – July 23rd. The beautiful weather contributed to a long growing season and very even ripening. With no threat of a heat wave or rain during the harvest period, the grapes reached full maturity at a slow, steady pace.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 29

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 20

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 17 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 2007

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 7000

RELEASE DATE: June 2008

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 2004

In 2004, we had the shortest growing season in recent history. We saw an early budbreak followed by a warm spring and summer, and an early harvest.

The 2004 vintage is deep red in color, with an intense nose of vanilla, black currants and cedar. The elegant integration of the tannins and fruit is noticed immediately. Flavors of warm mulled spices on the mid-palate complement the balanced and complex structure. The long, aromatic finish exhibits notes of leather and cardamom.

The 2004 blend is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot. No Merlot was used in the blend this year.

The wine is charming and fragrant, and will age gracefully. We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

Vintage Summary:

The winter was normal with moderate rainfall. The vineyard received over 11 inches of rain during 26 days in December, and 8 ½ inches of rain in February. Little rain fell during the spring. A heat wave in March prompted an early budbreak – we saw 11 days over 80° F. April was also warmer than average. All of this warm weather resulted in a short growing season and an early harvest – the earliest on record for Dominus. September was a hot month, with 13 days over 90°F and 3 days over 100°F. We maintained the integrity of the canopy to protect the grapes from the heat during their final stage of maturation.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: August 31

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 26

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 14 months

BOTTLING DATE: August 2006

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 5600

RELEASE DATE: June 2007

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 2003

2003 will be remembered as a vintage with a very long growing season, one that continued into November for some blocks. The beautiful fall weather permitted the prolonged hang time, allowing the fruit to develop its complexity.

The 2003 vintage is plum in color, with an aromatic nose of violets, raspberries and worn leather. Flavors begin discretely with essences of cumin and dark red fruit that build up to a suppleness and elegance that is enveloping. The finish is long, fragrant and fresh, with an intensity of tobacco and truffle notes.

The 2003 blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. No Merlot was used in the blend this year.

The wine is charismatic, with a Bordeaux-like style. We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

Vintage Summary:

Between November and May, the vineyard received over 35 inches of rain, with December alone seeing over 16 inches. During the first six months of the vintage, there were 91 days of rain, with 9 days over 1 inch. April not only brought over 5 inches of rain, but was recorded as the coldest in decades. With cool spring temperatures, bloom occurred late in May – long after the rains had passed. Summer temperatures were above average, with 7 days topping 100° F between June and September. Steady temperatures allowed the fruit to mature slowly and evenly. October was exceptional – warm and dry, so the grapes were able to linger on the vines until perfect ripeness.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: October 3

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: November 2

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 16 months

BOTTLING DATE: June 2005

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 5600

RELEASE DATE: June 2006

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 2002

Dominus Estate continues the tradition of producing a wine that expresses the characteristics of the Napanook Vineyard terroir. With small yields in 2002, fruit flavors were particularly intense.

The 2002 vintage exhibits a profoundness of color – a dark red that is nearly purple. The nose is immediate yet subtle, complex yet refined. It starts with an aroma of leather, continues with an essence of roasted almonds and finishes with a lingering reminiscence of blackberry. This wine is harmonious and balanced; tannins are integrated with flavors of caramel, cacao, cinnamon and warm chutney. The finish is expressive, feminine, aromatic and enduring.

The 2002 blend is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.

2002 is a charming wine that will mature in the style of other great Dominus vintages. We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

Vintage Summary:

Rainfall in November and December was well above average at 9 inches and 15 inches respectively. The remainder of the winter and spring was rather dry, followed by an average rainfall in May. The winter and spring saw unsettled temperatures; a cool May and warm June affected the bloom, naturally reducing the crop size early in the growing season. Temperatures in July were average, followed by a slightly cooler August and normal September. It was a beautiful summer, without excesses. The season ended with morning fog which assured the last of the grapes to mature gently.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 9

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 16

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 18 months

BOTTLING DATE: August 2004

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 5000

RELEASE DATE: September 2005

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 2001

2001 was characterized by an early bloom and long growing season that yielded grapes of exceptional maturity. The low rainfall brought stress to the vines, contributing to the intensity and complexity of the fruit.

The 2001 vintage has a dark ruby color with a luxuriant nose of licorice, exotic spices, Bing cherries and an essence of roses. This wine has the unique ability to be rich and complex while possessing a smooth and silky texture. The evolution of flavor develops like a crescendo into an intense finish of cloves and aromatic cassis.

The 2001 blend includes 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

This elegant wine is truly a classic, and will benefit from years of aging. We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

Vintage Summary:

Well below-average rainfall characterized the winter, with the last precipitation on April 20, 2001. April got underway with a freeze on the 3rd, requiring diligent use of frost protection equipment. The remainder of the spring was warm and saw rapid growth and development of the vines. Bloom started in early May, well ahead of schedule. All indications pointed to a very good vintage. Moderately warm summer months provided conditions for slow maturation and even ripening. The cool month of September allowed the fruit to continue to mature slowly, which gave us the time to pay attention to even the smallest detail in each vineyard block.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 15

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 13

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 18 months

BOTTLING DATE: August 2003

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 7000

RELEASE DATE: September 2004

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 2000

The first vintage of the new millennium will be remembered for its fine quality. This vintage was characterized by a rather normal growing season and an unusually long harvest- a year where careful planning resulted in a wine with fully-developed flavors and complexity.

The 2000 vintage has a deep ruby color with a complex nose of cloves, blackberries and dark chocolate. The structured tannins are enrobed with an enticing aroma. This wine explodes in the mid-palate, with essences of spices and worn leather. The long, lingering finish displays a harmony of tobacco, coffee and fruit.

The 2000 blend comprises 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.

This wine will age gracefully. We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

Vintage Summary:

The 2000 growing season started with a winter of average rainfall, but included 2.4 inches of rain in a single day in February. A warm and sunny spring resulted in a uniform budbreak. The bloom commenced in mid-May, during a period of light rain and cool temperatures, followed by warm and windy days. June saw a record high temperature of 109ºF on the 13th and 14th, but did not cause sunburn because of late leaf-picking. The remainder of the summer was ideal – warm days and cool nights. The average temperature was 83ºF in July and 85ºF in August. A little rain fell on August 30th and September 2nd, allowing a prolonged hang time for the grapes and the ability to reach full maturation. Following a heat spike of 105ºF on September 18th, the weather cooled. We finished our harvest prior to the rain that started October 10th, and concluded a quality vintage.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: August 30

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 5

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 18 months

BOTTLING DATE: August 2002

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6500

RELEASE DATE: June 2003

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1999

The last vintage of the century will be remembered for its exceptional quality. This vintage was characterized by its extremely long growing season- a season where patience eventually paid dividends in the form of wine with outstanding character and complexity.

The 1999 vintage is beautifully harmonious with an inviting color and a very full body. This wine starts with a delicate entry of black cherry aromas, evolving toward impressively structured tannins. The long, fragrant finish reveals spicy notes and a hint of cedar.

The 1999 blend includes 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.

This wine is built to age. We recommend decanting this wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young wines.

Vintage Summary:

The 1999 growing season was noteworthy with a very dry winter, rather cold, followed by a cool spring and mild summer. The berries were quite small, resulting in distinctively concentrated wine that will need long cellaring to reveal its full potential. Due to the small berry size, the yield was very low- the lowest of the decade. Bottling was done one month earlier than usual to preserve the exceptional fruit character.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 14

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 14

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 16 months

BOTTLING DATE: May 2001

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 7000

RELEASE DATE: July 2002

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1998

Dominus, our premier wine, is produced from grapes grown on the renowned Napanook vineyard. These grapes are hand-selected from blocks that contain our older, mature vines. The 1998 crop was relatively small due to rigorous crop thinning, concentrating the flavors in the clusters that remained.

The 1998 vintage has a deep garnet robe with a complex nose of figs, tobacco, toasted hazelnuts and wild strawberries. The voluptuous texture is surrounded by sweet tannins, with a pleasant and harmonious finish.

The 1998 blend includes 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.

We recommend decanting this wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young wines.

Vintage Summary:

1998 was the viticulturist’s year; very challenging in all aspects. The very heavy rainfall from November 1997 through May 1998, combined with a rather cool spring, caused an extremely long blooming period and a very late harvest. Persistent and severe crop thinning allowed the remaining grapes to reach their full maturity during the unexpectedly warm month of September.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 20

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 22

AVERAGE DAYS OF CUVAISON: 18

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 18 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 2000

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6000

RELEASE DATE: April 2001

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1997

The 1997 Vintage has a deep ruby color and aromas of very ripe black currant, spices and mineral overtones. It exhibits power and elegance and finishes with substantial but silky rich tannins. A luscious and dense wine, it is delicious to drink now with a great aging potential.

The 1997 blend includes 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Merlot. The balance between the three varietals was excellent and no Petit Verdot was added to the blend.

As with all Dominus wines, we recommend decanting this wine prior to serving to allow it to develop its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

Substantial rains fell in December and January and were followed by a very dry spring. As the dry weather continued, the bloom started very early in mid-April and was relatively short. This would later make for uniformity of ripeness. By summer it was evident that the harvest would be large and that severe crop thinning was necessary. The favorable weather continued during the summer, which helped the maturation and improved the flavors of the Cabernets and Merlots. At the time of the harvest, the grapes were perfectly matured with refined tannins and a high concentration of flavors.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 4

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 26

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 33%

TIME IN BARREL: 16 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 1999

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 8500

RELEASE DATE: April 2000

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1996

The 1996 Vintage exhibits a deep garnet robe with ripe flavors of blackberries, dried cherries and hints of violets, allspice, vanilla and tobacco. Silky tannins and a long and complex finish balance its warm, luscious and elegant body.

The blend includes 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Verdot and 4% Merlot.

As with all Dominus wines, we recommend decanting this wine prior to serving to allow it to develop its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

The heavy rains of February and March were followed by a warm April and May which allowed good moisture for the growing season and an early budbreak. The warm weather continued in June and July and was followed by very hot days moderated by cold nights in August and September. These excellent growing conditions allowed the fruit to mature to full balanced maturity.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 6

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 8

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 33%

TIME IN BARREL: 16 months

BOTTLING DATE: May 1998

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 8000

RELEASE DATE: April 1999

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1995

Comparable in quality to the lovely 1992, the 1995 Dominus shows intense ruby color and ripe, handsomely balanced flavor. Lively and fresh, the nose has hints of raspberry. While tannins are present — as expected in so young a wine — their exceptional suppleness makes them discreet. With a few minutes in the glass, the wine evolves nicely and is very enjoyable to drink now.

The blend includes 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot.

As with all Dominus wines, we recommend decanting this wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

The spring of 1995 was cool and wet. Muddy soil made it difficult to get into vineyards to cultivate. Finally, the weather warmed up in June creating ideal conditions for bloom.

The summer and early fall were relatively mild leading to a prolonged harvest. Fortunately, there was a long Indian Summer with excellent conditions through September and October. Fruit was allowed to remain on the vines for extended hang-time until ripe flavors were fully developed. As a result, the wine is elegant and perfectly balanced.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 17

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 25

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 16 months

BOTTLING DATE: May 1997

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6000

RELEASE DATE: April 1998

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1994

The 1994 Dominus follows the 1992, as there was no release from the 1993 vintage.

Comparable in quality to the 1991 Dominus, the 1994 is a deeply colored, dense wine with substantial but supple tannins. Luscious to drink now, its concentration suggests a long future.

The blend includes 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot.

As with all Dominus wines, we recommend decanting this wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

The 1994 growing season was the longest on record at the Napanook Vineyard since Dominus began farming it in 1982: 186 days between budbreak and harvest. Dry, with moderate temperature, this long, mild season allowed the fruit to develop to full, balanced maturity.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 19

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 21

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 16 months

BOTTLING DATE: May 1996

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 8000

RELEASE DATE: April 1997
The blend includes 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot.

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1992

1992 is the tenth vintage of Dominus produced by Christian Moueix at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, California.

While previous vintages have been predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, the 1992 contains increased percentages — nearly 20% each — of both Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with a touch of Petit Verdot. Production was 6,000 cases, bottled in June, 1994.

The 1992 Dominus has a deeply saturated color and a forward, ripe, fruity nose, with a touch of violets. Typically Dominus in style, this vintage is round, lush and elegant, with a soft, fleshy texture.

As with all Dominus wines, we recommend decanting this wine prior to serving, in order to allow it to develop to its full potential.

The Dominus label, christened with the 1991 vintage, is now the permanent label for Dominus.

Vintage Summary:

The 1992 growing season was one of above average warmth, following a relatively dry winter. Steady warm weather during August and September advanced grape maturity, resulting in an earlier than normal harvest.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 5

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 25

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 25

TIME IN BARREL: 17 months

BOTTLING DATE: June, 1994

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6,000

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1991

The 1991 Dominus is the most harmonious and elegant wine to be released by the Dominus winery in the first decade of its existence.

All Dominus wines to date, including the 1991, originate solely from the Bordeaux varieties grown at Napanook Vineyard. The 1991 is composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, complemented by 19% Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Petit Verdot.

The 1991 Dominus has a deep ruby color, and possesses extraordinary intensity and balance, as well as phenomenal richness and fruit. The wine exhibits silky tannins with a full-bodied palate and an elegant, long finish.

As with all Dominus wines, Christian Moueix recommends decanting this wine prior to serving, in order to allow it to develop to its full potential.

The new Dominus label, christened with the 1991 vintage, was created by a French designer.

Vintage Summary:

We received 26.5 inches of rain (normal 35.68). Initially the season was of concern due to the late bloom, veraison and harvest. As it turned out, the 1991 season was an example of where the added time on the vines was indeed positive. The 1991 growing season was one of the longest on record in the Napa Valley, producing a fruit of extraordinary quality.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: October 6

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 18

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 40%

TIME IN BARREL: 15 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 93

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6500

RELEASE DATE: October 1995

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1990

August and September were neither too hot, nor too cool, and this allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and fully, with well-balanced acid and mature tannins. Although the latter part of the season is normally thought of as the most crucial to the vintage, it is the rain of late May that remains the most significant event in the vineyard for the 1990 season.

The relatively low yields, coupled with the moderate temperatures of late summer, translated into concentrated, yet elegant wines. For the first time in the history of Dominus, all four varietal components – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot – were included in the final blend.

The 1990 Dominus has a deep ruby color. In the nose, aromas of roasted coffee beans and vanilla overlay the ripe blackberry fruit. These aromas are echoed in the mouth, and sweet, round tannins are apparent in the wine’s lingering finish.

Please decant this wine before serving, to allow it to reach its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

The 1990 growing season at Napanook Vineyard appeared to be headed toward drought as the month of May began. We had seen the first rainless December in this century and only 18 inches of rain had fallen since the previous July. This was not enough to sustain even the low crops of this renowned dry-farmed vineyard. Typically in the Napa Valley, if the rain has not come by mid-April, it will not come at all. However, in 1990, between the dates of May 20th and 30th, close to 4 inches of rain fell. At the time there was widespread concern about the effect that the rainfall would have on the vines that were in bloom and the potential for mildew, but in fact this spring storm saved the vintage. It provided the moisture that the vineyard needed to sustain it through the long growing season, and had the added benefit of naturally thinning the crop and thus increasing intensity.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 11

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 29

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 30%

TIME IN BARREL: 16 months

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6200

RELEASE DATE: October 1994

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1989

The 1989 Dominus Estate is the seventh vintage produced by the John Daniel Society made solely from grapes grown on the international company’s Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, California.

The 1989 vintage is the first wine of the latest phase of Dominus Estate — nature leads us, and we listen. Since Cabernet Franc did not improve the blend, it was not used. This blend includes Petit Verdot for the first time, as well as a special selection of Merlot.

The 1989 Dominus Estate has a deep ruby color and a rich, complex nose reminiscent of cassis, violets and vanilla. The wine is velvety and full in the mouth, with an elegant and long finish of rich fruit and violets. Christian Moueix recommends decanting this wine before serving to allow it to fully develop its full potential.

The label portrait for the 1989 vintage was done by the English artist Raymond Mason. Mr. Mason was born in 1922 and currently resides in Paris. He is primarily a sculptor, but is also known for his water colors of vineyard landscapes. His large compositions are displayed in London, Birmingham, Paris, Montreal, New York and Washington.

Vintage Summary:

We received 22.69 inches of rain (35.68 average) for the season. The year was moderate to warm with some concern due to warm weather at set and some scorching of fruit that ended up not being significant. The big story was rainfall during harvest. On 9/16 and 9/17, we received 1.4 inches of rain; we did not resume harvest until the 25th. Then, on 9/29 with only 40 tons left to pick, we received 0.25 inches of rain; we did not resume picking until 10/6. Our European experience helped us to wait and regain excellent concentration and intensity even under these difficult conditions.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 15

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: October 7

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 30%

TIME IN BARREL: 15 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 1999

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 7500

RELEASE DATE: October 1993

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1988

The 1988 Dominus Estate is the sixth vintage produced by the John Daniel Society from grapes grown solely in the international company’s Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, California.

The 1988 growing season was complicated by rain during bloom, which affected the evenness of maturity at harvest. It was necessary to make very severe selections both in the vineyard and in the winery to produce a wine of Dominus quality. The result — 3,300 cases of elegant wine showing excellent balance and concentration of fruit — represented half of the potential production.

The 1988 Dominus Estate has a deep ruby color and a rich nose reminiscent of cassis, cedar and tea. The wine is soft and spicy in the mouth, with an elegant finish of subtle vanilla and cedar. Christian Moueix recommends decanting this wine before serving to allow it to develop its full potential.

The label portrait for the 1988 vintage was done by the English artist, Peter Blake. Born in 1932 and currently residing in London, Mr. Blake became famous as a leader of Pop Art in Europe. His works are displayed in major museums throughout the world.

Vintage Summary:

Seasonal rainfall was 26.87 inches (average 35.68). May was the wettest month with .84 inches, followed by .46 inches in June and .49 inches in September. Altogether, it was a strange growing season characterized by an interrupted bloom that gave a large variability at harvest.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: August 27

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 24

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 15%

TIME IN BARREL: 12 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 1990

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3300

RELEASE DATE: October 1992

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1987

The 1987 Dominus Estate is the fifth vintage produced by the John Daniel Society made solely from grapes grown at their Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, California.

The blend of the 1987 Dominus Estate is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Merlot. Winter rainfall for the 1987 season was 50% of average. The very warm early summer and moderate late summer resulted in fruit with fully developed varietal character and excellent acid balance.

Note: with almost the identical blend as 1986, we have a completely different wine–proof that classical winemaking, i.e., single vineyard, non intervening winemaking, and no acidification allows the vintage to express itself through the wine.

The 1987 Dominus Estate has a deep ruby color and a rich nose reminiscent of cassis and vanilla, with a silky texture, excellent balance and a long elegant finish. Christian Moueix recommends decanting this wine before serving to allow it to develop its full potential.

The label portrait for the 1987 vintage was done by the Israeli artist Avigdor Arikha.

Vintage Summary:

Seasonal rainfall was quite low at 18.85 inches (normal 35.68 inches); 10 inches in February and March, which is almost identical to the rainfall pattern of 1985. A very warm early summer was followed by a moderate late summer. There were 16 days over 100 degrees and 26 days over 95 degrees.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 4

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 17

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 25%

TIME IN BARREL: 14 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 1989

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6500

RELEASE DATE: October 1999

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1986

The 1986 Dominus Estate is the fourth vintage produced by the John Daniel Society, and, as always, the grapes for this wine were grown solely at Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, California. This vintage marks the first of the “second series” of Dominus Estate — the 1986, 1987, and 1988 vintages use Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the blend, which introduces a floral, herbal character and added complexity.

The varietal composition of the 1986 Dominus Estate is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Merlot. The 1986 growing season was marked by very high winter rainfall and an unusually cool summer, which made the timing of harvest crucial to ensure full maturity.

The 1986 Dominus Estate has a deep ruby color and a rich nose reminiscent of ripe cherries, with elegance, finesse and excellent balance. Christian Moueix recommends decanting this wine before serving to allow it to develop its full potential.

The label artist for the 1986 vintage is the well-known American artist Jim Dine.

Vintage Summary:

Seasonal rainfall was 53.93 inches vs. 35.68 inches normal. We had heavy rainfall and flooding in February. Summer was very cool with only three days over 100 degrees (two of these were in June), and only nine days over 95 degrees.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 8

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 6

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 18 months

BOTTLING DATE: January 1989

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 6200

RELEASE DATE: November 1990

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1985

The 1985 Dominus Estate is produced solely from Bordeaux varieties grown at Napanook Vineyard, creating the most harmonious and complex wine of the “first stage” of Dominus Estate — the 1983, 1984 and 1985 vintages were blended from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes grown on the property when we took over management.

The 1985 vintage is composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. The climatic conditions of the 1985 season were moderate, and the final weeks of ripening were cool by California standards, resulting in gradual ripening and intensely flavored fruit with a mature tannic development.

The 1985 Dominus Estate has a deep ruby color and a rich nose reminiscent of black cherries. It is a full-bodied wine with ripe tannins that are just beginning to soften. Christian Moueix recommends decanting before serving to allow the wine to develop its full potential.

The label artist for 1985 is Gerard Barthelemy, a French artist born in Paris in 1938. Mr. Barthelemy received the Prix de Rome in 1966 and has had extensive exhibits in France. The present portrait was done with the ancient walnut stain technique.

Vintage Summary:

Winter rainfall was slightly below normal (27.95 inches vs. 35.68 inches), but 10 inches of rain in February and March provided good moisture for the growing season. The season began with a mild April and May, followed by a hot June and July. August was mild and most of September was cool. We received 1/2″ of rain on September 8 & 9 and temperatures were in the high 70′s and low 80′s until it reached 84 on 9/20, 90 on 9/21 and 95 on 9/22.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September14

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 25

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 16 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 1987

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 4000

RELEASE DATE: November 1989

Dominus Vintage Summaries

DOMINUS 1984

The 1984 Dominus Estate is the second vintage produced by the John Daniel Society solely from Bordeaux varieties grown at Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, California.  Specific vineyard blocks were selected just before picking, an annual practice that ensures that only the highest quality fruit is used in making Dominus Estate.

The 1984 vintage is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot.

The 1984 Dominus Estate has a beautiful deep ruby color and a spicy nose with light cassis notes.  It is a rich, fleshy wine with tannins that are already beginning to soften.  Christian Moueix recommends decanting an hour before serving to allow the full potential to show.

The portrait for the 1984 Dominus Estate label was done by contemporary American artist Larry Rivers.

Vintage Summary:

Although winter rainfall was just shy of normal (35.68 inches), 25 inches fell in November and December.  May, June and August were moderate in temperature, but July and September were extremely hot, of 20 days over 100 degrees, six were in July and eight in September.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST:  September 2

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST:  September 12

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS:  20%

TIME IN BARREL:  16 months

BOTTLING DATE:  July 1986

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED:  4200

RELEASE DATE: March 1988

Dominus Vintage Summaries

Dominus 1983

The 1983 Dominus Estate is the first vintage produced by the John Daniel Society made solely from grapes grown at their Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, California. When the 1983 growing season produced wines with slow-aging tannins, the partners broke with tradition and offered the 1984 vintage as their first release. After a year of additional bottle age, the 1983 Dominus Estate was released in February, 1989.

The wine is composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. The 1983 growing season was quite warm, with a very hot September, resulting in extraordinary concentration of aroma, flavor and tannin.

The 1983 Dominus Estate has a dark ruby color, a complex nose and rich notions of cassis. The wine is full bodied with a deep tannic structure that will assure it many more years of life. Christian Moueix recommends decanting this wine before serving to allow it to develop its full potential.

The label artist for 1983 was Sam Szafran, born in Paris in 1934, and known for his work with pastels.

Vintage Summary:

The Napa Valley experienced an extremely rainy winter (69.7 inches vs. 35.68 inches average), followed by a moderately hot summer and a very hot September. Ten days in September were over 97 degrees, resulting in rapid maturation; sugars went from 21.3 on 9/10 to 22.8 on 9/14.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 13

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 19

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 20 months

BOTTLING DATE: December 1985

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 2100

RELEASE DATE: February 1989

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NAPANOOK 2011

2011 NAPANOOK

Napanook is an estate bottled wine from the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley, made from grapes carefully selected for their lively fruit and soft tannins.

Notes of blonde tobacco and fresh cedar are integrated with lacy tannins. On the palate, the wine is bright and finishes with plum and mocha. A beautiful wine for pairing with beef, game or fish.

The 2011 vintage is composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and 8% Cabernet Franc.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for more than a decade.  Christian Moueix recommends decanting young wines before serving to allow them to reach their full potential.

VINTAGE SUMMARY

A vintage that demanded experience and selection, 2011 was characterized by unusually wet conditions. The growing season began with a cold spring, delaying bloom after an early budbreak. Summer’s average temperatures prolonged the growing season. Rains at the beginning of October precipitated a selective harvest, where our Bordeaux experience of such conditions proved to be very useful.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST:  October 15

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST:  October 24

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS:  20%

TIME IN BARREL:  18 months

BOTTLING DATE:  July 2013

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED:  2400

RELEASE DATE:  April 2014

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 2010

Napanook is an estate bottled wine from the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley, made from grapes carefully selected for their lively fruit and soft tannins.

Sweet floral notes and mesquite emerge in the 2010 Napanook. Generous yet restrained, the wine shows minerality and notes of dried herbs followed by caramelized orange peel, bing cherry and exotic spice flavors. The finish is long and balanced.

The 2010 vintage is composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for more than a decade.  Christian Moueix recommends decanting young wines before serving to allow them to reach their full potential.

VINTAGE SUMMARY

The 2010 season began with a cool and wet spring, resulting in a late bud break, flowering and veraison. Summer was also cool but a record-breaking heat wave (107°F) marked the end of August. The heat of late summer and early fall resulted in an extraordinary concentration of tannins and color. While the high temperatures dramatically reduced yields for Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the Cabernet Sauvignon thrived in the late season warmth.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST:  October 4

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST:  October 23

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 18 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 2012

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 2600

RELEASE DATE: May 2013

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 2009

Napanook is made from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley.  The wine is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

The 2009 vintage is vibrant and complex, filled with notes of plum, black cherry and earthy tobacco. Pure and precise on the palate, aromas of chocolate and lightly toasted almond complement firm tannins throughout the long finish.

The 2009 vintage is composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petit Verdot.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for more than a decade.  Christian Moueix recommends decanting young wines before serving to allow them to reach their full potential.

Vintage Summary:

2009 was an ideal season. Plentiful rainfall in February and May abated winter drought concerns, and a mild spring with few temperature fluctuations contributed to even bud break and healthy bloom. Summer temperatures were consistently warm, without excessive heat spikes, and a long Indian summer allowed the berries to develop perfect complexity and ripeness. Harvest was an intense effort, beginning on October 5th and was completed on October 12th, just before the heavy rainfall on October 13th.  

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST:  October 5

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST:  October 12

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS:  20%

TIME IN BARREL:  18 months

BOTTLING DATE:  June 2011

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED:  3700

RELEASE DATE: May 2012

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 2008

Napanook is made from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. The wine is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

Napanook 2008 is a silky wine filled with intense aromas of mocha, almond and citrus zest. The mid-palate is rich with texture and density, while structure and minerality mark the finish.

The 2008 vintage is comprised of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for more than a decade. Christian Moueix recommends decanting young wines before serving to allow them to reach their full potential.

Vintage Summary:

A challenging year for viticulturists yet extremely rewarding for winemakers, 2008 was conditioned by uncommonly low precipitation throughout the winter and spring. Starting in mid-March through late April, cold mornings threatened the young shoots with frost while dramatic temperature fluctuations during flowering hampered pollination, resulting in few berries per cluster. Reduced water reserves in the soil limited vigor, decreased berry size and generated record low yields. With six days over 100ºF, the summer was warm; a peak of 104ºF was recorded on August 28th. The end of September marked the start of a quick and high-quality harvest characterized by evenly ripened grapes.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 19

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 3

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 15 months

BOTTLING DATE: June 2010

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 2600

RELEASE DATE: May 2011

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 2007

Napanook is made solely from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. The wine is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

The 2007 vintage is vibrant and rich, filled with fresh cranberry, incense and floral aromas, round tannins and exceptional energy. Creamy on the palate, the wine is pure, precise and powerful. This vintage is one of the finest produced to date.

Napanook 2007 is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for more than a decade. Christian Moueix recommends decanting young wines before serving to allow them to reach their full potential.

Vintage Summary:

The 2007 vintage began dry with some very cold days and single-digit nighttime temperatures in early January, and continued dry, with about 60% of normal precipitation through the spring. Temperatures were warmer than normal in April and May with resulting earlier budding, bloom and set. The summer growing season continued on the mild to cool side. There was a brief period of heat that spiked to 103°F on August 29th, but the temperatures cooled after several days. Clusters, as well as individual berries on the clusters were notably small and nicely concentrated in all varieties due to the dry season.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 11

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 5

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 15 months

BOTTLING DATE: June 2009

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3500

RELEASE DATE: May 2010

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 2006

Napanook is made solely from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. The wine is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

The 2006 vintage is deep crimson in color. Its nose is dense, complex and full of black cherry, fresh almonds and bitter chocolate notes. The entry is very full and velvety, enveloped with round, deep tannins. The finish lingers on with aromas of bramble berries, cigar tobacco and cocoa beans.

Napanook 2006 is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for more than a decade. Christian Moueix recommends decanting young wines before serving to allow them to reach their full potential.

Vintage Summary:

The 2006 growing season started late; bud-break was delayed by very wet and cold weather throughout winter and early spring. An exceptionally hot mid-summer season helped accelerate growth. By the end of July, when temperatures soared over 100°F on eight days, the vines had entered into a more typical cycle. Beautiful weather followed in August, with characteristic warm days and cool nights. Mid-veraison was observed on August 8. Mild temperatures throughout the months of September and October allowed for increased hang-time and favoured perfect ripening.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 29

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 18

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 17 months

BOTTLING DATE: June 2008

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3500

RELEASE DATE: May 2009

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 2005

Napanook is made solely from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. Napanook is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

The 2005 vintage is dark crimson in color, with a fragrant, rich nose full of blackberries and dark forest fruits. The aroma slowly reveals subtle notes of smoky sandalwood, chocolate, and sweet almonds. The entry on the palate is round, but firm; precise and enveloping. Well-balanced tannins open throughout the evolution, and linger on the finish with cherries, cedar and cacao.

2005 marks the 10th vintage of Napanook, probably the best to date.

Napanook 2005 is comprised of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for more than a decade. Christian Moueix recommends decanting young wines before serving to allow them to reach their full potential.

Vintage Summary:

The winter was typical, with only slightly above-average rainfall. We received 28″ during the winter, 6″ in March and 4″ in May. Rains were light and spread out over 68 days. Temperatures throughout the season were quite moderate; we saw a cool spring that delayed budbreak, and a summer without excessive heat. 2005 was a year with only 23 days over 90°F, and one day over 100°F – July 23rd. The beautiful weather contributed to a long growing season and very even ripening. With no threat of a heat wave or rain during the harvest period, the grapes reached full maturity at a slow, steady pace.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 29

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 20

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 16 months

BOTTLING DATE: June 2007

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 5000

RELEASE DATE: May 2008

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 2004

Napanook is made solely from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. Napanook is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

The 2004 vintage has a deep ruby color, with a ripe, fruity nose. The intense aroma of clove and raspberry leads to a hint of chocolate. This wine feels like velvet in your mouth. The sweet, lingering tannins develop into an expression of sun-dried cherries.

The 2004 vintage consists of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 1% Malbec.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for up to 10 years. Christian Moueix recommends decanting the wine before serving to allow it to reach its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

The winter was normal with moderate rainfall. The vineyard received over 11 inches of rain during 26 days in December, and 8 ½ inches of rain in February. Little rain fell during the spring. A heat wave in March prompted an early budbreak – we saw 11 days over 80°F. April was also warmer than average. All of this warm weather resulted in a short growing season and an early harvest – the earliest on record for Dominus. September was a hot month, with 13 days over 90°F and 3 days over 100°F. We maintained the integrity of the canopy to protect the grapes from the heat during their final stage of maturation.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: August 31

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 26

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 14 months

BOTTLING DATE: August 2006

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3600

RELEASE DATE: May 2007

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 2003

Napanook is made solely from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. Napanook is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

The 2003 vintage has a dark garnet color, with a nose of vanilla bean, cedar and red fruit. The tannins are soft yet broad, and complement the cherry and currant notes that develop on the palate. The intense fruit flavors continue well into the finish, enhanced by a hint of spicy cinnamon.

The 2003 blend is comprised of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. No Merlot was used in the blend this year.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for up to 10 years. Christian Moueix recommends decanting the wine before serving to allow it to reach its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

Between November and May, the vineyard received over 35 inches of rain, with December alone seeing over 16 inches. During the first six months of the vintage, there were 91 days of rain, with 9 days over 1 inch. April not only brought over 5 inches of rain, but was recorded as the coldest in decades. With cool spring temperatures, bloom occurred late in May – long after the rains had passed. Summer temperatures were above average, with 7 days topping 100°F between June and September. Steady temperatures allowed the fruit to mature slowly and evenly. October was exceptional – warm and dry, so the grapes were able to linger on the vines until perfect ripeness.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: October 3

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: November 2

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 15 months

BOTTLING DATE: June 2005

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3600

RELEASE DATE: May 2006

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 2002

Napanook is made solely from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. Napanook is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics. 2002 yields were small, resulting in an intensity of fruit flavors.

The 2002 vintage is vermillion in color, with a uniform nose of cinnamon juxtaposed with cassis and black fruit. The wine is supple, soft and smooth, with aromatic expressions of warm créme brulée. Raspberry flavors on the mid-palate are expressions of the tender tannins that evolve toward spicy firmness of licorice on the finish.

The 2002 blend includes 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec.

This wine is created to be consumed young, and enjoyed with food, but will also age well for up to 10 years. Christian Moueix recommends decanting the wine before serving to allow it to reach its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

Rainfall in November and December was well above average at 9 inches and 15 inches respectively. The remainder of the winter and spring was rather dry, followed by an average rainfall in May. The winter and spring saw unsettled temperatures; a cool May and warm June affected the bloom, naturally reducing the crop size early in the growing season. Temperatures in July were average, followed by a slightly cooler August and normal September. It was a beautiful summer, without excesses. The season ended with morning fog which assured the last of the grapes to mature gently.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 9

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 16

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 17 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 2004

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 2700

RELEASE DATE: November 2005

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 2001

Napanook is estate-bottled, the most specific designation given to wine. It is made solely from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. Napanook is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

The 2001 vintage has a vibrant red color, with a complex nose of blueberries, hot chocolate and cinnamon. This is a harmonious wine; robust yet charming; loaded with pipe tobacco and pomegranate notes. The flavor is balanced and supple, with a long and fruity finish.

The 2001 blend consists of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. It is the first time Malbec is included in the blend.

This wine is made to be enjoyed young, and consumed with food, but will also age well for up to 10 years. Christian Moueix recommends decanting the wine before serving to allow it to reach its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

Well below-average rainfall characterized the winter, with the last precipitation on April 20, 2001. April got underway with a freeze on the 3rd, requiring diligent use of frost protection equipment. The remainder of the spring was warm and saw rapid growth and development of the vines. Bloom started in early May, well ahead of schedule. All indications pointed to a very good vintage. Moderately warm summer months provided conditions for slow maturation and even ripening. The cool month of September allowed the fruit to continue to mature slowly, which gave us the time to pay attention to even the smallest detail in each vineyard block.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 15

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 13

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 17 months

BOTTLING DATE: July 2003

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3800

RELEASE DATE: October 2004

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 2000

Napanook is made solely from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. Napanook is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

The 2000 vintage has a beautiful garnet color, with rich aromas of cedar, red berries and licorice. This is a refreshing wine, with supple tannins and a great balance between the nose and mouth. The round, soft structure with a suggestion of cigar box leads to a finish of spice with earthy undertones.

The 2000 blend comprises 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.

This wine is made to be enjoyed young, and consumed with food, but will also age well for up to 10 years. Christian Moueix recommends decanting the wine before serving it to allow it to reach its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

The year 2000 started with an uneventful winter. Rainfall was normal except for a few days of heavy rain in February. Spring was perfectly warm and sunny, allowing an even budbreak. The temperature then cooled down for the bloom period until the 13th and 14th of June, two days that reached 109°F. Since we did not leaf-pick that early, the grapes did not suffer sunburn. The remainder of the summer was ideal – warm days and cool nights. A little rain on August 30th and September 2nd allowed the grapes to reach full maturity. During ageing, new oak was used sparingly to respect the fruity characteristics of the wine.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: August 30

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 5

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 16 months

BOTTLING DATE: June 2002

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 4200

RELEASE DATE: September 2003

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 1999

The two distinctive blends of Dominus and Napanook are created from grapes grown on the same estate, Napanook Vineyard. While the varietal components were similar in 1999 for both wines, the soils and “terroir” of the blocks selected for Napanook establish the base for the unique characteristics of this wine. Napanook is blended from lots in the cellar that were selected for their finesse, lively fruits and subtle tannins.

The 1999 vintage has a deep ruby color, with lush aromas of raspberry jam, vanilla and violets, and a hint of warm mint cocoa. The wine caresses your mouth with a lingering, fruity finish.

The 1999 blend includes 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.

This wine is ready to drink now, but also enjoyable within the next 10 years. Christian Moueix recommends decanting the wine before serving it to allow it to reach its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

The 1999 season amidst “La Niña” saw a dry winter, cold spring and mild summer. The long growing season resulted in even ripening of the fruit, which achieved the quality, distinctive flavors and balance desired. The small berry size decreased the yield, but increased the intensity. New oak was used sparingly to respect the fruity characteristics.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 14

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 14

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 14 months

BOTTLING DATE: April 2001

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 4000

RELEASE DATE: January 2002

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 1998

Napanook is made from blocks at the same vineyard that produces Dominus. The Napanook grapes are selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins, and early maturing characteristics. The production for this vintage is limited due to severe crop thinning and selectivity.

The 1998 vintage has a deep ruby color with vibrant aromas of dry plums, red berries and mint, with hints of violet. The soft and ripe tannins proliferate the palate to complement the delicate finish.

The 1998 blend includes 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. No Cabernet Franc was added to the blend this year.

This wine is ready to drink now, but also enjoyable within the next 10 years. Christian Moueix recommends decanting the wine before serving it to allow it to reach its full potential.

Vintage Summary:

1998 was the viticulturist’s year; very challenging in all aspects. The very heavy rainfall from November 1997 through May 1998, combined with a rather cool spring, caused an extremely long blooming period and a very late harvest. Persistent and severe crop thinning allowed the remaining grapes to reach their full maturity during the unexpectedly warm month of September.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 20

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 22

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 15 months

BOTTLING DATE: May 2000

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 4300

RELEASE DATE: January 2001

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 1997

Napanook is made solely of grapes grown at Napanook vineyard on the west side of Highway 29 in Yountville. 1997 is the second Napanook vintage. Since 1983, Christian Moueix has produced Dominus from the same vineyard.

Established in 1886, Napanook vineyard was one of the first planted in the Napa Valley. It has long been recognized for its extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon, which today covers 70% of the acreage. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are also grown, completing the quartet of great Bordeaux varieties.

Napanook is made from lots in the cellar that are carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

The 1997 Napanook has a deep garnet color with a nose reminiscent of red currant and ripe cherries with hints of mint. Its elegant structure is complemented by a round, lush texture and a long finish. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc and Merlot gives it its suppleness and its fresh and complex nose.

The wine is enjoyable to drink now or within the next decade. Christian Moueix recommends decanting this wine before serving, to develop its full potential.

The 1997 blend includes 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 17% Merlot.

Vintage Summary:

Substantial rains fell in December and January and were followed by a very dry spring. As the dry weather continued, the bloom started very early in mid-April and was relatively short. This would later make for uniformity of ripeness. By summer it was evident that the harvest would be large and that severe crop thinning was necessary. The favorable weather continued during the summer, which helped the maturation and improved the flavors of the Cabernets and Merlots. At the time of the harvest, the grapes were perfectly matured with refined tannins and a high concentration of flavors.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 4

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 25

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%

TIME IN BARREL: 15 months

BOTTLING DATE: June 1999

9- LITER CASES PRODUCED: 7200

RELEASE DATE: January 2000

Napanook Vintage Summaries

NAPANOOK 1996

Napanook is made solely of grapes grown at Napanook vineyard on the west side of Highway 29 in Yountville. 1996 is the first Napanook vintage. Since 1983 Christian Moueix has produced Dominus from the same vineyard.

Established in 1886, Napanook vineyard was one of the first planted in the Napa Valley. It has long been recognized for its extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon, which today covers 70% of the acreage. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are also grown, completing the quartet of great Bordeaux varieties.

Napanook is made from blocks at the vineyard that are carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.

The deep bright ruby robe has good intensity and complements the richness of a mellow nose perfumed with peppery cedar aromas. Fresh, lively red fruit flavors develop slowly to blend harmoniously with fine elegant tannins and a licorice and cinnamon finish. The wine is pleasant and easy to drink now and should age well for the next 10 to 12 years.

The blend includes 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 13 % Petit Verdot.

Vintage Summary:

The heavy rains of February and March were followed by a warm April and May, which allowed good moisture for an early budbreak and the growing season. The warm weather continued in June and July and was followed by very hot days moderated by cold nights in August and September. These excellent growing conditions allowed the fruit to reach a full balanced maturity.

BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 6

FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 8

PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 30%

TIME IN BARREL: 15 months

BOTTLING DATE: May 1998

9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 2000

RELEASE DATE: April 1999

Press

Antonio Galloni on tasting the 2013 lots..

“I was fortunate this year to stop by Dominus before the blends had been assembled, so I had the opportunity to taste the 2013s variety by variety with Christian Moueix and Winemaker Tod Mostero. The harvest took place between September 9 and 26, quite early by Dominus standards. Like many Napa Valley winemakers, Mostero identifies the lack of late-season heat spikes as one of the signatures of the year. Mouiex is one of the most outspoken critics of irrigation in Napa Valley, a position that by definition places extreme importance on the age of vineyards. That is evident in two Cabernet Francs in this tasting. The first, from vines planted in 1994, is terrific, while the second, from vines planted in 2010 is much more bombastic and less finessed. Both Petit Verdots are insanely beautiful. Of course Petit Verdot is a blender, but one has to wonder what happens with the leftover juice after the blends for Dominus and Napanook are created.

The four Cabernet Sauvignons are all distinctive. Block 7 A/B boasts exotic aromatics and a feminine, sleek personality. Block 24N is much more explosive, but it is Block 6N, where the oldest vines on the property are planted, that is the most impressive. Here the sensation of tannin is totally covered by the pure depth and resonance of the fruit. There is a lot to look forward to at Dominus.”

James Suckling names Dominus 2010 as one of the top 10 2010′s in Napa Valley

Read Jame’s full report here.

James Molesworth reviews Dominus 2001, 2004, 2010 and 2012

“Dominus Estate’s terroir shines through in a tasting of the 2012, ’10, ’04 and ’01 vintages”

Read the full article here.

Director of Winemaking, Tod Mostero discusses the 2010 and 2011 vintage with James Suckling

Watch the video here.

DOMINUS named by Liv-Ex as one of five leading wines in the “Rest of the World” category

Liv-Ex, a price index for the fine wine market worldwide, now includes DOMINUS.

Dominus was recently named as one of the Liv-Ex’s five leading wines outside Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Rhone, and Italy.

Over the last two years, Dominus 2005 rose 48.8% in value and Dominus 2006 registered a 41.8% increase.

Read more about Live-ex’s new multi-region index here.

Business Traveller’s Cellars in Sky Awards Silver Medal to Napanook 2007

British Airways received the Silver Medal in the Best First Class Red section of the Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky Awards last night for their listing of Napanook 2007. This means that of all the red wines served in First Class on 28 airlines Napanook was considered the second best.

The annual awards, which recognise the best business and first class wines served by airlines world-wide, were presented at Trinity House in London by Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge. 28 airlines entered the competition and blind tastings took place in London in December, with four judges independently scoring the wines.

The judges were:

Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge

Peter McCombie, Master of Wine and top restaurant wine consultant

Robert Joseph, author and wine critic

Richard Bampfield, Master of Wine and wine consultant

Napanook 2007 was served on the inaugural A380 route from London to LAX.

British Airways also won a Bronze Medal in the Best First Class Cellar award category (Napanook 2007 is classed as one of the wines in this cellar).

The full results can be seen here.

Christian Navarro recommends Dominus 2010 as one of the top 100 wines for the holidays.

In a discussion with Brett Anderson, editor in chief of the Robb Report, Christian Navarro of Wally’s discusses his favorite wines for the holidays and showcases Dominus 2010.

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DOMINUS 2010 RECEIVES 100 POINTS FROM ROBERT PARKER

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Curtain Call – (The Return of the King – Napa Valley’s 2012, 2011 and 2010 Vintages)

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Food & Wine – Ray Isle, Robert Parker – February 2013

In an interview with Food & Wine’s Ray Isle, Robert Parker names Dominus one of his “World-Class California Wineries.”

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The Wine Advocate – Robert Parker – June 2012

DOMINUS 2002
99 Points

“Even better than I predicted seven years ago, this 4,500-case blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot has blossomed beautifully, revealing even greater intensity and potential than I predicted. A flawless, seamless integration of tannin, wood, alcohol and acidity is found in this dense, plum/purple-colored Dominus, along with copious notes of sweet black currants interwoven with kirsch, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco, new saddle leather and forest floor. Full-bodied with velvety tannins, stunning elegance and a 45-second finish, this sensational 2002 rivals two of the all-time great wines made at Dominus, 1991 and 1994.”

The Wine Advocate – Antonio Galloni – December 2012

DOMINUS 2009
97+ Points
“The 2009 Dominus flows from the glass with layers of highly expressive fruit. The wine possesses stunning richness, power and depth. Dark red fruit, tobacco, flowers and spices are woven into a seamless, beautifully articulated finish. Elegance and intensity are in perfect harmony here. This is a thrilling wine from Dominus.”

NAPANOOK 2009
93 Points
“The 2009 Napanook is simply glorious. Sweek dark cherries, mint, tobacco, wild flowers and licorice all jump from the glass. The 2009 is a juicy, extroverted Napanook that impresses for its sheer pleasure and total harmony. Layers of fruit continue to build onto the huge, creamy finish.”

NAPA VALLEY’S BEST ‘SUPER SECONDS’

Antonio Galloni

There is no way to ignore it; prices for Napa Valley’s top wines are high. Screaming Eagle is $850 a bottle, a 13% increase, the 2009 Harlan Estate is $750 a bottle, a whopping increase of 50% over the 2008. Napa Valley’s top estates now face the same problem as Bordeaux; the wines have become too expensive for restaurant wine lists. A $500 bottle at the standard 2.5x restaurant markup is, well, you can do the math. That is not a business with a sustainable future, at least not in this country and in this generation. At the same time, producers know they have to have a presence on restaurant wine lists, hence the explosion over the last few years of wines that retail in the $80-90 price range and that can therefore be sold in restaurants in the $250 price range, still a lot of money, but doable. The best of these wines, which I call Napa Valley ‘Super-Seconds’ are in fact, super. In top vintages, the best second-wines from top wineries are better than the vast amount of main labels. These are my favorite ‘Super-Seconds.’ All but two retail for less than $100.

Napa Valley’s Best ‘Super-Seconds’

Araujo
Altagracia
Blankiet Prince of Hearts
Bryant DB 4
Dominus Napanook
Futo OV
Harlan Estate The Maiden
Screaming Eagle Second Flight

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar – Stephen Tanzer – May 2012

Dominus Estate

The 2010 and 2009 Dominus Estate wines are quite different from each other, but probably less so than the original raw materials would have suggested.  According to winemaker Tod Mostero, production in 2010 was extremely low owing to a very severe selection, with the quantity of flagship wine the lowest to date, and less than half that of 2009.  “We had sharp heat spikes on August 24, September 2 and September 28, followed by three hot days from October 12 through 14,” said Mostero, “and we practically lost our cabernet franc.  The cabernet sauvignon grapes didn’t really soften until the end.  The 2010s are tannic and deeply colored, and for the flagship wine we selected out some of the more muscular lots.  A lot of fruit that normally goes into Dominus went into our Napanook wine instead.”  The estate’s 2009 is a much more spherical wine in comparison, noted Mostero.  “It offers lovely balance and nuance, and no one element stands out today.”

NAPANOOK 2009
90 Points

Good medium ruby-red.  Cool, rather shy aromas of dark berries, licorice and pepper, with nuances of white fruits.  Supple and spicy, with an herbal quality to the flavors of dark berries, spices and mint.  Nicely fine-grained in the mouth but in a cool style.  The slightly drying finish shows a good kick of tannins and calls for at least a couple years of patience.

DOMINUS 2009
95 Points

Good ruby-red color, more saturated than the Napanook.  Knockout floral lift to the aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, blond tobacco, almond and mint.  Suave, savory and extremely precise, with penetrating flavors of dark berries, licorice, minerals and cocoa powder.  The petit verdot component acts as an amplifier of aromas and flavors, notes winemaker Tod Mostero, “like a good seasoning.”  Medicinal in a Bordeaux way.  The finishes shows outstanding length, noteworthy juiciness, and firm, noble tannins.  A great vintage for Dominus.

NAPANOOK 2010
90-92 Points

Good deep ruby-red.  Spicy aromas of blackberry, fresh herbs, licorice pastille and black pepper.  Juicy, spicy and fine-grained, with excellent density to the youthfully medicinal, slightly musclebound black fruit, menthol and licorice flavors.  Powerful, primary, chocolatey and full, finishing with serious tannins.

DOMINUS 2010
92-95 Points

Good deep ruby-red.  High-pitched aromas of black plum, blackberry, spices, licorice and menthol.  Juicy, spicy and quite firm, but considerably more pliant than the Napanook, with dark berry and spice flavors lifted by a captivating floral element.  Wonderfully seamless wine with broad, silky tannins and impressive chocolatey length.  This wine was made from the vintage’s most refined lots, noted winemaker Mostero, adding that the challenge in 2010 was to avoid rusticity of tannins.

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Wine Enthusiast – Steve Heimoff – September 2012

NAPANOOK 2009
90 Points

“Elegantly smooth in the mouth, like silk and velvet—this has rich, forward blackberry, black currant and oak flavors. It feels dramatic and complex, a white-tablecloth Cabernet for pairing with fine meats and cheeses.”

JamesSuckling.com – James Suckling – October 2012

NAPANOOK 2009
91 Points

“Balanced and soft with lovely savory fruit with raspberries and currants. Long and caressing. This is so drinkable. Gorgeous wine.”

DOMINUS 2009
98 Points

“Stunning nose of lavender and flowers. Currants and raspberries. Subtle and intriguing. Full and dense but wonderfully balanced with firm and silky tannins and a persistent finish. Dusty texture. A wine so balanced that you want to drink it already.”

DOMINUS 2006
96 Points

“Starting to take on the tertiary character of ripe fruit and savory components with dusty tannins. Full and round with a lovely texture and a light salty, meaty and tobacco character. Forest floor. Sweet and sour. Just opening.”

DOMINUS 2001
91 Points

“This is very precise and focused with red fruits with polished and round tannins. …beautiful and delicious.”

Wine Spectator – James Laube – October 2012

DOMINUS 2009
93 Points

“Delightfully harmonious given its intensity, with complex aromas of savory herbs, flowers, ripe and dried currant and berry, crushed rock and cedar flavors. Well-proportioned, focused and persistent. Very youthful and vibrant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2030. 6,000 cases made. 

San Francisco Chronicle – Jon Bonné – December 4, 2011

“Top 100 Wines 2011: Cheers to Thinking Small”

Dominus has raised the price on its Napanook this year, and maybe that’s fair, considering that what had been the Yountville estate’s second label is soaring in quality, enough to be considered on its own stellar merits. Impressively fine in its structure, with dark mineral, burnt sage and cassia accents to the savory, rich cassis fruit. There’s a maturity to the style of the ’08, a sign that it has grown up to be an impressive value as one of Napa’s top wines.”

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The Wine Advocate – Antonio Galloni – December 2011

NAPANOOK 2009
92 Points

“The 2009 Napanook is rich, powerful and seductive. This is a more radiant, brighter style than the 2008. There is considerable fleshiness as the wine opens up in the glass. The 2009 is a very sexy Napanook endowed with tons of personality and sheer class. Despite its generous fruit, there is more than enough underlying structure to allow the wine to drink well for a number of years.”

The Wine Advocate – Robert Parker – June 2011

DOMINUS 2001
98 Points

“A brilliant showing for Christian Moueix’s well-known Napanook Vineyard, the 2001 Dominus is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. A classic in the making, this is a flawless, seamless example of elegant, complex Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that possesses a Bordeaux-like personality. This gorgeous, sexy, opulent, dense ruby/purple-colored wine reveals sweet caramel, mocha, creme de cassis and kirsch notes intermixed with a hint of espresso roast as well as underbrush. Ripe, long and full-bodied with well-integrated tannin, acidity, alcohol and wood, this prodigious 2001 is drinkable now and over the next 25+ years given this estate’s longevity track record. A virtually perfect wine, it is one of the most complex 2001s at present.”

Winespectator.com – James Laube – July 21, 2011

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Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube is excited by the 2008 Dominus.

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Wine Enthusiast – Steve Heimoff – November 2011

DOMINUS 2008
92 Points

“Another fine Dominus, dry, well-structured and ageworthy… rich enough to drink now, and should develop over the next six years. Rewards for the depth of blackberries, cassis, blueberries and cedar, wrapped into plush tannins.”

NAPANOOK 2008
89 Points

“With grapes from Yountville, this Bordeaux blend, which is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, has a very fine structure. It’s firm in tannins and acidity, with a bracing minerality. The flavors are already quite advanced, suggesting jammy cherries, blackberries and cassis. Drink now for sheer deliciousness, after decanting.”

Wine Spectator – James Laube – November 15, 2011

DOMINUS 2008
94 Points

“Very Bordeaux-like in its makeup and structure, this firm wine has good acidity and tight tannins, offering complex loamy earth, vivid dried currant and berry, with anise and mineral sprinkled in. This is my favorite young Dominus of late.”

Wine & Spirits – Joshua Greene – December 2011

DOMINUS 2008
93 Points

“A short crop of concentrated berries produced this grand vintage of Dominus, one that will need long aging to show its best. Decant it if you open the bottle now, allowing the initial cabernet franc scent of green herbs to integrate–Josiah Baldivino of Michael Mina in San Francisco described it as ‘adding a fine detail, like a pocket square in a suit.’” Air brings out the full stature of the wine, its black cherry richness, violet scents and silken texture. For provençal lamb.”

JamesSuckling.com – James Suckling – February 15, 2011

DOMINUS 2007
93 Points

“Lots of forest berries and flowers in the nose. On the palate, it is thick and very rich, with big plummy fruit and a light raisin aftertaste. Chewy, round, and very generous on the palate.”

DOMINUS 2006
95 Points

“The sweet berry and iodine character on the nose is fascinating. Intense aromas of stone and fruit. Full bodied, with chewy yet polished tannins. This is long and stylish, powerful…”

JamesSuckling.com – James Suckling – June 15, 2011

NAPANOOK 2008
91 Points

“A balanced and pretty wine with blueberry and minerals. Medium to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicious finish. Dried flowers, milk chocolate and spices. No need to wait for this; it’s ready.”

The Wine Advocate – Robert Parker – December 2010

DOMINUS 2008
99 Points

“Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years…”

DOMINUS 2007
98 Points

“The 2007 Dominus, the quintessential model of haute couture, is pure elegance exhibiting a seamless integration of wood, tannin, alcohol and acidity as well as a complex bouquet of cedar, new saddle leather, sweet kirsch, black currant and plum fruit and a notion of licorice. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years.”

NAPANOOK 2008
93 Points

“The 2008 Napanook…may be one of the greatest Napanooks made. It is a deeper, richer, more intense wine with full body, an endearing texture and a long, pure finish. These two are ‘take your pick’ vintages, but wine enthusiasts would probably be remiss in not having both 2007 and 2008 in their cellars.”

NAPANOOK 2007
91 Points

“…the 2007 continues to show wonderful elegance, sweet finesse and ripe Napa Valley fruit.”

San Francisco Chronicle – Jon Bonné – March 21, 2010

DOMINUS 2007
“Highlights of blue fruits, kirsch olive, dried leaves and dusty stones are all packed into a wine that shows a tremendous energy, length and elegance even before its release, with higher acids and fine, slightly knotted tannins. It is likely to be among Dominus’ finest releases.”

NAPANOOK 2007
“A ripe, silken profile that makes it immediately friendly – with a pure Cabernet nose accented by tobacco, bay leaf and red fruit high tones. It’s already engaging, without a hint of austerity. A second label like this leaves plenty of mainliners in the dust.”

San Francisco Chronicle – December 05, 2010

“Top 100 Wines 2010″

DOMINUS 2007
A stupendous vintage for this Yountville property, packed from first scent with a dark, loamy presence and yet perfectly bright and transparent in its flavors of kirsch, olive, dark stones, blue fruit. There’s remarkable density, and fine tannins and a persistence to the taste signals potential to evolve for at least a couple of decades.
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International Wine Cellar – Stephen Tanzer – May 01, 2010

DOMINUS 2007
94 Points

“Thoroughly integrated acidity and enticing inner-mouth floral lift… Very suave and complex, finishing with noteworthy rising length and very sweet, fine-grained tannins. This beauty has the balance for a long and graceful life in bottle. ”

NAPANOOK 2008
89-90 Points

“Some serious tannins kick in on the minerally finish.”

NAPANOOK 2007
90 Points

“Suave on entry… with an edge of acidity to the black raspberry, redcurrant and mocha flavors. Slightly dry tannins. There’s solid density here…”

Saveur – November 2010

DOMINUS 2007

“A lovely Napa cabernet with Bordeaux echoes, moderately tannic but not harsh.”

QRW – Richard Elia – November 2010

DOMINUS 2007
“The 2007 is young and very much in line with the style and excellence of the 2006; both are pure and lush and voluptuous…”

DOMINUS 2001
“The 2001 is a five-star wine and one of our favorites. The wine still has considerable youth, but the rich flavors of mocha and chocolate, of deep blackberry, spice, and anise are seductive in the extreme.

Wine Enthusiast – Steve Heimoff – December 01, 2010

DOMINUS 2007
97 Points

#16 in the Top 100 Cellar Selections — “Easily the greatest Dominus in memory… Lacks for nothing in complexity and sheer deliciousness. Tantalizes with blackberry tart, cherry, carob bean and a Pinot Noiresque cola-rhubarb richness that retreats behind rich tannins and an earthiness suggesting sweet blond tobacco and dried sage.”

The Wine Advocate – Robert Parker – December 2009

NAPANOOK 2008
90-93 Points

“…the 2008 Napanook is equally seductive. It offers soft, round, silky tannins as well as abundant red and black currant notes intermixed with hints of kirsch, spice box, and unsmoked, high class cigar tobacco.”

DOMINUS 2007
98 Points

“A prodigious example of Dominus, the 2007 represents a hypothetical blend of a Pomerol, Pauillac, and a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby/purple-colored with a sweet nose of incense, cedar wood, black currants, black cherries, licorice, and a subtle hint of roasted herbs, it is an expansive, savory, opulent wine with a full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and sensational concentration. A legend in the making…”

NAPANOOK 2007
92 Points

“The 2007 Napanook…exhibits the Bordeaux style that proprietor Christian Moueix has fashioned from this legendary vineyard in Yountville. Its deep plum/ruby color is accompanied by sweet aromas of cedar, black currants, cherries, spice box, and earth. Lush, fleshy, elegant, and pure, it should drink nicely for 15+ years.”

DOMINUS 2006
96 Points

“…Its dark plum/purple color is accompanied by aromas and flavors of truffles, forest floor, black cherries, black currants, and Asian spices. One of the finest wines of the vintage, it is complete, full-bodied, and seamlessly built with beautiful ripe tannins, low acidity, and a luscious, layered mouthfeel. The aromatics are even more evolved and complex than the 2005′s. The 2006 should drink well for 20-25 years.”

San Francisco Chronicle – Jon Bonné – December 07, 2009

DOMINUS 2006

A Top 100 Wine of 20
“…an extraordinary, fresh Dominus…This Yountville property keeps producing strong, lean wines with amazing life in them. Coiled, with racy graphite and underbrush accents, it’s full of lively cassis and blackberry, a hint of iron and a brooding tannic structure.”

Wine & Spirits – Joshua Greene – October 2009

DOMINUS 2006
93 Points

The Year’s Best Cabernet “Youthfully floral and tight, this vintage of Dominus is a big wine that holds all of its weight behind a powerful structure. And it’s the power of that structure that is front and center…Stay with it and the wine’s earthiness begins to meld with the blueberry and chocolate richness.”

NAPANOOK 2006
94 points

“The 2006 Napanook…is transparent, its beauty easy to see. It may, in fact, be the best vintage of Napanook we’ve tasted on release–all black currents and peppercorn spice, lifted, savory, dark and intense.”

Wine Enthusiast – Steve Heimoff – December 01, 2009

DOMINUS 2006
93 Points

Cellar Selection “Right now it shows blackberry, black currant, cedar and baker’s chocolate flavors. Will slowly open and reach maturity after 2011, and could easily develop for far longer.”

NAPANOOK 2006
91 points

“…[I]t’s the best release since 2003. Dry and well-structured, it offers complex flavors of black current and sweet grill oak.”

International Wine Cellar – Stephen Tanzer – May 2009

DOMINUS 2007
92-95 Points

“Sweet, suave and perfumed in the mouth but a bit youthfully tight today, and showing less flesh and fullness than the velvety 2006. But the wine’s smooth tannins arrive late, allowing the fruit to build slowly and the wine’s perfume to linger subtly.”

NAPANOOK 2007
90-92 Points

“Broad and lush in the mouth, conveying a fuller, weightier impression than the 2006 but at least as much energy. Finishes with big but sweet tannins and excellent length.”

DOMINUS 2006
94+ Points

“There’s a juicy quality to the ripe red fruit, mineral and graphite flavors, not to mention a firm underlying spine, that promises a long and positive evolution in bottle. Quite young but not austere, finishing with building tannins and lovely lift. The lingering perfume of red fruits, pepper, flowers and licorice is unusually complex. A really superb 2006, seemingly every bit as good as the sensational 2005.”

NAPANOOK 2006
89+ Points

“Deep red-ruby. Raspberry, mocha, tobacco, brown spices, menthol and herbs on the lively and inviting nose. Supple on entry … with flavors of red fruits, smoke, flowers and earth along with some slightly edgy acidity.”

Press

Decanter – Margaret Rand – April 2008

“Man of the Year 2008″

Christian Moueix likes to keep a low profile. The trouble is, he’s at the helm of the very high-profile Chateau Petrus. Margaret Rand meets Pomerol’s man of the soil whose modesty, attention to detail and intellectual rigour make him a worthy Decanter Man of the Year.

The Wine Advocate – Robert Parker – December 2008

NAPANOOK 2006
92 points

“The 2006 Napanook…is made in a riper, more California style than usual, displaying more exuberant, up-front notes of kirsch, black currants, and plums. Deep and full-bodied with low acidity, sweet tannin, and a fleshy, succulent personality, it tastes like a classic Napa Cabernet.”

New York Times – Eric Asimov – August 19, 2008

“In Napa, Some Wineries Choose the Old Route”

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DOMINUS 2006
“…The 2006 is…complex, structured and, yes, deliciously austere.”

DOMINUS 2005
“The Dominus 2005 is dry and elegant…”

San Francisco Chronicle – Jon Bonné – December 07, 2008

DOMINUS 2005
Top 100 Wines of 200
“Christian Moueix’s project showed off this banner year with a more reserved style. Radiant Cabernet aromas of tobacco and a lifted graphite tone mix with dusty plum. The palate is still wound up and young, but brightness and potential course through this highly structured wine. The wine’s still in its infancy, but it’s wonderful evidence that this Napa-Bordeaux alliance very much remains on its mission and is as good as ever.”

NAPANOOK 2005
Recommended
Selected as a terrific value under $40

San Francisco Chronicle – Lynne Char Bennett – November 14, 2008

DOMINUS 2005
3 stars (Excellent)

“The project from Chateau Petrus owner Christian Moueix yielded a more subdued, nuanced profile in this banner vintage. Radiant Cabernet aromas of tobacco and a lifted graphite tone mix with dusty plum, very much in a Bordeaux left bank mode. The palate is still wound up and young – and the structure is profound – but brightness and potential course through, hinting at more than a decade of improvement if you age it.”

NAPANOOK 2005
2.5 stars (Excellent)

“Christian Moueix intends for this wine – the just-released 10th vintage made from Napanook Vineyard grapes – to be enjoyed in the near term. High-toned chamomile, black raspberry, cedar, toasted sesame seed, slight brioche and mint chocolate aromas. Medium-bodied palate with bright huckleberry and dark plum skin on the lengthy finish; slightly firm tannins.”

Food & Wine Magazine – Richard Nalley – September 05, 2008

DOMINUS 2005
American Wine Award
“The Napa Valley property of Christian Moueix (of Bordeaux’s legendary Château Pétrus) produced an Old World–style Cab blend with a density and power that should reward years of cellaring.”

Restaurant Wine – January 2008

DOMINUS 2004
4+ Stars

“Fleshy and very ripely flavored, this is a generous wine, with rich fruitiness (blackberry, blackberry jam, black currant), evident new oak (vanilla, toast, cedar), and a long, mildly tannic finish. Fine quality — best release yet from Dominus.”

The Wine Advocate – Robert Parker – December 2007

DOMINUS 2006
94-96 Points

“The wine is slightly more fruit-forward than the 2005, but has a dark ruby/purple color and a beautiful nose of licorice, cedar, and espresso roast along with black currant and cherry notes. The wine is medium to full-bodied, has slightly more elevated and noticeable tannin than the 2005 (at least at this stage), builds a nicely textured mouthfeel as it sits on the palate, and has impressive length.”

NAPANOOK 2006
90-92 Points

“An elegant wine with notes of sweet cherries intertwined with coffee bean, cedar, subtle underbrush, and blacker fruits, the oak is clearly in the background of this wine, which is medium to full-bodied, with silky tannins, and should drink nicely for 10-12+ years.”

DOMINUS 2005
96 Points

“The 2005 Dominus…has come of age, and is one of the strongest efforts they’ve made. It is possibly the best Dominus since the 2001, and perhaps even the 1997 or 1991. A beautiful, sweet nose of roasted coffee interwoven with kirsch, black currant, cedar, and spice box emerges from this deep ruby/purple-colored wine. The wine has fabulous intensity, a layered, opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, well-integrated acidity, and a stunningly long finish. The layering of this wine as it builds incrementally on the palate is something to behold. An outstanding, sexy, ageworthy Dominus, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and last for at least 25 or 30 years.”

NAPANOOK 2005
91 Points

“The 2005 Napanook…has turned out to be a beauty. Four thousand cases of this wine were made, and it exhibits wonderful cedar, spice box, roasted herb, and sweet black cherry and cassis notes in a medium to full-bodied style with sweet tannin, impressive texture, and silky, long, lush finish. It should drink well for 10-15 years.”

Bloomberg Businessweek – Robert Parker – April 23, 2007

Executive Life-Parker On Wine
“Napa Wine, Bordeaux Character”

Robert Parker writes: ” I can’t think of anyone other than Christian Moueix who could claim to produce one of the greatest wines in France and one of the best in the U.S.”

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DOMINUS 2002
96 Points

“The deep, saturated purple-colored 2002 boasts an extraordinary perfume of roasted coffee intermixed with black currants, cherries, cocoa, cedar, cigar smoke, and new saddle leather. A classic, full-bodied palate possesses great structure, tremendous depth, loads of tannin, and a multilayered, concentrated, yet elegant finish. It needs three to five years of bottle aging and should last for 25 years.”

DOMINUS 2001
95 Points

“The impeccably made 2001…boasts a dense plum/purple color in addition to a fragrant perfume of cocoa, cedar, coffee, roasted herbs, and black fruits. Rich and medium- to full-bodied, with sweet but noticeable tannin, a layered mid-palate, and a long finish, it will require three to four years of cellaring. It should last for two decades.”

DOMINUS 2004
94 Points

“The elegant, dark plum/purple/garnet-colored 2004 exhibits a big, sweet perfume with cedar, mocha, black cherry liqueur, and black currant notes. It is medium- to full-bodied with silky tannin as well as a luscious mouthfeel and finish. This wine should be more accessible in its youth than many of its predecessors but ought to last for two decades.”

DOMINUS 2003
95 Points

“A big, sweet nose of roasted coffee, Provençal herbs, black currants, cherry jam, plums, allspice, and forest floor is followed by a spicy, rich, full-bodied, fragrant, intense wine. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025.”

Press Democrat – Tasting Room – August 01, 2007

NAPANOOK 2004
3 Stars
“A rich cab with brambly fruit flavors. Notes of blackberry, black plum and tobacco.”

San Francisco Chronicle – Lynne Char Bennett – November 02, 2007

DOMINUS 2004
4 Stars

“This year’s offering from Christian Moueix’s Napanook Vineyard is one of the few wines to earn our four-star rating. … Remarkable deep dark fruit, sweetly spiced blackberry compote, anise, dried oregano and minty cedar draw you in, but it’s the equally complex, ever-evolving palate that commands attention. Dense fruit, warm spice and minerally tannins give hints of this wine’s future. Decant the wine if enjoying it in its youth.”

San Francisco Chronicle – December 02, 2007

DOMINUS 2004

One of the Top 100 Wines “Christian Moueix still says he is learning to make great wine in Napa Valley, but after 21 years Dominus has more than found its stride. This is powerful, ageless Cabernet – a classic Bordeaux-like nose of currant, ropy licorice, cigar box, dried herbs and ripe blackberry lead to a lifted, well-defined palate. A graphite hint gives some edge to the long, silky finish, and the broad structure hints at its long life ahead.”

International Wine Cellar – Stephen Tanzer – May 2007

DOMINUS 2005
92-95 Points

“Saturated ruby-red. Vibrant, complex nose melds blackberry, cherry, violet, mocha, cocoa powder, game and tobacco. Rich, fat and large-scaled for a young Dominus, but with its sweetness buffered by excellent inner-mouth energy. This boasts terrific lift for a wine of its volume. Red and darker berry flavors are lifted by a minty topnote. Finishes with noble tannins and a whiplash of fruit….Incidentally, Christian Moueix and his team rank this wine with the 2001 as the best vintages of recent years.”

NAPANOOK 2005
89-92 points

“(recently pumped to tank and not yet fined) Good full ruby-red. Primary aromas of cherry, plum, raspberry, currant, tar, menthol and tobacco leaf. At once sweet and tangy, with menthol and mint notes lifting the juicy red berry flavors. This has an almost exotic spicy/floral quality and plenty of inner-palate energy. Finishes with firm, ripe tannins.”

DOMINUS 2004
91+ Points

“Deep red-ruby. Deep but reticent aromas of dark raspberry, cocoa powder, hot rocks and minerals, with notes of menthol and wintermint. Very firmly built…an almost Saint-Estephe-like menthol austerity.”

NAPANOOK 2004
89 points

“Red-ruby. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, gravel, minerals and flowers; the perfume reminded me of nebbiolo! Juicy, nicely delineated flavors of raspberry, redcurrant, flowers, mint and a whiff of meat. A rather elegant, complex wine with good lift.”

The Wine Advocate – Robert Parker – December 2006

DOMINUS 2005
90-92 Points

“…the 2005 Dominus exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a classic bouquet of fresh herbs, spice box, cedar, and black currants. Possessing more austere tannin and a tighter framework than the 2004, Moueix believes it is a more elegant and lighter version of the 2001. It will need 3-4 years of bottle age, and should easily keep for two decades.”

NAPANOOK 2005
87-88 Points

“The dark ruby/garnet-tinged 2005 Napanook reveals medium body, austere tannin, and a noticeable weedy character. It should drink well for 10 years.”

DOMINUS 2004
94 Points

“The elegant, dark plum/purple/garnet-colored 2004 Dominus exhibits a big, sweet, cedary, roasted herb, mocha, black cherry liqueur, black currant, and earth-scented perfume. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannin as well as a luscious mouthfeel and finish, it should be more accessible in its youth than many of its predecessors, but easily last for two decades.”

NAPANOOK 2004
91 Points

“A strong effort, it offers a beautiful seductive nose of dried herbs, damp earth, sweet cherries, cedar, and spice box. Opulent, round, sexy, and delicious. It should be consumed during its first decade of life.”

Wine & Spirits – October 2006

DOMINUS 2003
93 Points

“Christian Moueix’s Napanook vineyard has pedigree, and so does the wine. Moueix’s 20th—anniversary vintage, this emphasizes distinction and restraint, the deep black fruit scent and milder tobacco sweetness balancing the savor of fine tannins. It takes several days for the tannins to release the dark cherry flavors more completely. For the collector’s cellar.”

NAPANOOK 2003
93 points

“Christian Moueix’s Napanook vineyard has pedigree, and so does the wine. Moueix’s 20th—anniversary vintage, this emphasizes distinction and restraint, the deep black fruit scent and milder tobacco sweetness balancing the savor of fine tannins. It takes several days for the tannins to release the dark cherry flavors more completely. For the collector’s cellar.”

Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences – January 05, 2006

DOMINUS 2002
Exceptional

“Fairly closed at first, but with an hour of air shows cherry, pepper, and tea notes, with hints of cumin and tar. One of the best Dominus wines ever made, with better tannin structure than in the past and a wine that seems built for the future.”

San Francisco Chronicle – JON BONNÉ- December 15, 2006

DOMINUS 2003
3 Stars, Recommended

“Christian Moueix, head of Bordeaux’s famed Chateau Petrus, used this bottling to celebrate 20 years of his wine from the Napanook vineyard. Dominus’ relatively modest Bordeaux-like flavor profile, using just 40 percent new wood, tends to polarize Napa Cab lovers. This is a classic example, with 7 percent Cabernet Franc and 5 percent Petit Verdot blended in. Great counterpoint here: Wood notes of cedar and dried herbs balance out raspberry and currant highlights. Fresh, enticing aromas keep drawing your nose back to the glass. It’s quite young, with a slightly wobbly finish.”

Press

San Francisco Chronicle – Linda Murphy – February 3, 2005

“The Moueix Files”

“When Bordeaux’s  ”Mr. Merlot” arrived in Napa Valley in 1981, he said it would him take 20 years to make great wine from the famed Napanook Vineyard in Yountville. Christian Moueix is a man of his word…”

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The Wine Advocate – Robert Parker – December 2005

DOMINUS 2003
95 Points

“The 2003 Dominus has turned out even better than I thought from barrel. There are 4,800 cases of this 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot blend. A big, sweet nose of roasted coffee, Provencal herbs, black currants, cherry jam, plums, allspice, and forest floor is followed by a spicy, rich, full-bodied, fragrant, intense wine. The tannins are sweet, but noticeable in this beautifully complex, strikingly aromatic 2003. It has much more similarity to a great Bordeaux than anything from Napa Valley. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025.”

NAPANOOK 2003
90 Points

“The second wine (3,100 cases), the 2003 Napanook, is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot and Malbec. It offers a dark plum/garnet color as well as an evolved but intriguing nose of cedar, spice box, high quality cigar smoke, sweet currants, incense, red cherries, plums, and black currants. Complex with excellent concentration, beautiful balance, and sweet tannin, it can be drunk now or cellared for another 10-15 years.”

DOMINUS 2002
96 Points

“The deep, saturated purple-colored 2002 boasts an extraordinary perfume of roasted coffee intermixed with black currants, cherries, cocoa, cedar, cigar smoke, and new saddle leather. A classic, full-bodied palate possesses great structure, tremendous depth, loads of tannin, and a multilayered, concentrated yet elegant finish. It is difficult to predict when this beauty will plateau in terms of maturity. My best guess is it needs 3-5 years of bottle age, and should last for 25 years.”

Wine & Spirits – December 2005

DOMINUS 2002
94 Points

The Super Cabernet “This wine combines staying power with tremendous elegance. The complex red fruit scents and satin pleasure of the texture make it well worth opening a bottle now. Age will add to the earthy complexity.”

August 27, 2014

6.0 Napa Earthquake

The epicenter of the 6.0 earthquake that occurred on the 24th of August 2014 was 14 miles from the winery and we are happy and thankful to report that our entire team and their families have not sustained any injuries.

The winery, designed by the Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, suffered no structural damage.

Within minutes of the earthquake, our team responded to minimize the damage in the barrel room and storage facility where we lost some barrels and bottles.

We express our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of concern and support from our friends and families.

After experiencing the earthquake firsthand, Christian Moueix said, “This event reminds us of the power of Mother Nature, even if vineyards generally are not damaged by earthquakes.”

‘Rien n’est jamais acquis à l’homme
Ni sa force ni sa faiblesse’…
(Louis Aragon)


July 28, 2014

Taste Dominus at the New York Wine Experience 2014

October 16-18, 2014

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New York, NY 10036

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