Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2007
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.
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.
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.
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