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2008 Dominus Estate Napanook Proprietary Red Wine
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Reviews for 2008 Dominus Estate Napanook Proprietary Red Wine
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2010
The 2008 Napanook (84% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot) 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...
The 2008 Napanook (84% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot) 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. This estate owned by Christian Moueix includes the famed Napanook Vineyard that was the base of so many of the historic Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignons of the 1950s and 1960s. Interestingly they have completely eliminated Merlot from the bottling. The 2007 Dominus is a 5400-case blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. There are 4200 cases of the 2008 Dominus which is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Lower yields resulted in a denser more concentrated wine. The remarkable thing about these cuvees is that they smell like a hypothetical blend of a top Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and a serious Bordeaux possibly a cross blend of a Pomerol and Pauillac. Both wines possess silky sweet tannins which is the big difference between Dominus post-1990 and the first seven vintages where the tannin content was relatively high. About 40% new oak is used in their upbringing.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, June 2011
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.
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