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    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends - Napa Valley, California

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    • W&S93
    • RP91
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 Wine & Spirits, 91 The Wine Advocate, 90 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%

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    • 16%

    Item no. 105102

    Winemaker's Notes:

    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.

    Critical Acclaim:

    A sumptuous vintage of Napanook, this is fat with raspberry and earth funghi scents. Then it's anything but fat in the middle, more a slip of a cabernet, polished, supple, youthful in its healthy, toned feel. The purple, mineral tannins merge with the fruit's violet and rose scents, integrated into one complete and vibrant flavor. Probably at its best eight to ten years from the vintage, this is already delicious to drink. For squab stuffed with porcini and black cherries.

    93 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    The other significant change is how the quality of Napanook has risen. Really a separate entity these days, the 2007 continues to show wonderful elegance, sweet finesse and ripe Napa Valley fruit. It is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot.

    91 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Good deep red-ruby. Slightly roasted aromas of black raspberry, tobacco, licorice and dark chocolate. Suave on entry, then a bit disjointed in the middle palate, with an edge of acidity to the black raspberry, redcurrant and mocha flavors. Slightly dry tannins. There's solid density here but the wine needs a year or two to harmonize.

    90 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    Red w/Attitude (7/26/2011)
    Wonderful Bordeaux blend; Deep ruby red color; Sweet aromas of black raspberry, tobacco, licorice and even dark chocolate; Vibrant and rich on the palate. An edge of acidity with cranberry, black raspberry, red currant and mocha flavors; Slightly dry tannins. Lush, elegant, and pure; Really nice, creamy finish! This will only get better after a couple of years, but still really good now. Decanted for about an hour and it just got better and better as the night went on.
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    Second Label Wine (5/1/2011)
    Tasting Notes: Even though a lot of people might cringe at a $47 second label wine, let me be the first to say that the 2007 Napanook is worth every penny. Consider it a special occasion wine, but just be sure to consider it. From Christian Moueix of Chateau Petrus fame in Bordeaux, this single-vineyard wine is bursting with freshness. The nose is heavenly with aromas of cherries, strawberries and blackberries that are still on the vine. There are also undertones of vanilla bean, caramel and liquorish. The taste is equally as impressive with more of the rich, concentrated vine-ripened qualities that make the wine seem incredibly alive. It’s got big, ripe tannins and needs at least an hour to decant, but it really shows what is possible with California Cabernet when it’s not manhandled in the winery. Food Pairing Suggestions: The Napanook is a very versatile wine that would go with a wide range of meats, but don’t complicate the seasoning. Just use salt and pepper, as any rubs or marinades run the risk of overpowering the wine. I could see this being a perfect pairing with short ribs braised in red wine. Also a rib eye steak cooked medium rare would be a great accompaniment. Even leaner meats would work well because of the wine’s balanced tannins. I would caution against excessive use of smoke as it will detract, but browning with a sear or crust would be just right.
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    John Major (1/18/2011)
    if you drink now, leave it open for at least an hour before enjoying this gem.
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    Mjg (1/4/2011)
    drank young even after decanting; poor finish
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    John Westcott (9/22/2012)
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    Bill Zipper (3/23/2011)
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    Steven H Schwartz (5/6/2012)

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