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NAPANOOK 2013

The Napanook 2013 charges forth with the power, energy and tension worthy of an exceptional vintage displaying violet notes, cocoa and deep red fruits that linger on a velvety finish.

This wine 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

2013 was characterized by a very dry spring and a consistently warm summer/early fall. Only 6.4 inches of rainfall were recorded from January to June (versus 17.7 inches average). Low reserves of soil water limited vine growth. While average temperatures remained warm throughout spring and summer, no heat spikes were recorded in July, August or September. In terms of thermal time (growing degree days), the season was 18 days ahead of the norm at the beginning of harvest (September 10).

 

BLEND: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
HARVEST START: September 10
HARVEST END: September 26
BOTTLING DATE: July 2015
PERCENT NEW BARRELS: 20%
CASES PRODUCED: 2400
RELEASE DATE: May 2016

 

NAPANOOK 2012

The 2012 Napanook is a clear expression of an exceptional vintage. Pure aromas of fresh strawberry, caramel and minty sage fill the nose. Vigorous and rich with firm, yet integrated tannins, the wine offers earthy complexity, dark cocoa and roasted almonds on a long lingering finish.

Celebrating its 17th vintage, Napanook dons a new label in 2012. The bold black and white design reflects the wine’s maturity, definition and class.

VINTAGE SUMMARY

2012 enjoyed a perfect growing season. Plentiful rainfall in March and April lessened winter drought concerns, and a mild spring with few temperature fluctuations contributed to an even budbreak and a healthy bloom. Summer temperatures were consistently warm, without excessive heat spikes, which provided conditions for slow, homogenous maturation of fruit, exhibiting great character and richness.

 

BLEND: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: October 9
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 21
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: June 2014
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3000
RELEASE DATE: May 2015

 

NAPANOOK 2011

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.

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.

 

BLEND: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and 8% Cabernet Franc
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST:  October 15
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST:  October 24
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS:  20%
BOTTLING DATE:  July 2013
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED:  2400
RELEASE DATE:  April 2014

NAPANOOK 2010

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.

 

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.

BLEND: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST:  October 4
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST:  October 23
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: July 2012
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 2600
RELEASE DATE: May 2013

NAPANOOK 2009

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.

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.

BLEND: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petit Verdot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST:  October 5
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST:  October 12
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS:  20%
BOTTLING DATE:  June 2011
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED:  3700
RELEASE DATE: May 2012

NAPANOOK 2008

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.

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.

BLEND: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 19
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 3
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: June 2010
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 2600
RELEASE DATE: May 2011

NAPANOOK 2007

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.

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.

BLEND: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 11
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 5
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: June 2009
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3500
RELEASE DATE: May 2010

NAPANOOK 2006

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.

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.

BLEND: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 29
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 18
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: June 2008
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3500
RELEASE DATE: May 2009

NAPANOOK 2005

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.

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.

BLEND: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 29
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 20
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: June 2007
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 5000
RELEASE DATE: May 2008

NAPANOOK 2004

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.

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.

BLEND: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 1% Malbec
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: August 31
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 26
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: August 2006
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3600
RELEASE DATE: May 2007

NAPANOOK 2003

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.

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.

BLEND: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: October 3
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: November 2
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: June 2005
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3600
RELEASE DATE: May 2006

NAPANOOK 2002

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.

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.

BLEND: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 9
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 16
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: July 2004
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 2700
RELEASE DATE: November 2005

NAPANOOK 2001

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.

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.

BLEND: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 15
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 13
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: July 2003
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 3800
RELEASE DATE: October 2004

NAPANOOK 2000

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.

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.

BLEND: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: August 30
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 5
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: June 2002
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 4200
RELEASE DATE: September 2003

NAPANOOK 1999

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.

 

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.

BLEND: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 14
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 14
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: April 2001
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 4000
RELEASE DATE: January 2002

NAPANOOK 1998

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.

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.

BLEND: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 20
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 22
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: May 2000
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 4300
RELEASE DATE: January 2001

NAPANOOK 1997

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.

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.

BLEND: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 17% Merlot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 4
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: September 25
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 20%
BOTTLING DATE: June 1999
9- LITER CASES PRODUCED: 7200
RELEASE DATE: January 2000

NAPANOOK 1996

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.t

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.

BLEND: 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 13 % Petit Verdot
BEGINNING DATE OF HARVEST: September 6
FINAL DATE OF HARVEST: October 8
PERCENTAGE OF NEW BARRELS: 30%
BOTTLING DATE: May 1998
9-LITER CASES PRODUCED: 2000
RELEASE DATE: April 1999

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