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2008 Dominus Estate 'Napanook' Proprietary Red Wine Napa


Size: 750ML
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Winery Notes: 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.

  • Model: 1GY9
  • Size: 750ML



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.



(93% cabernet sauvignon, 6% petit verdot and 1% cabernet franc): Good bright red-ruby. Musky aromas of black raspberry, redcurrant, tobacco, menthol and herbs. Offers a light touch to its dark fruit and herbal flavors but comes across as tight today, and not yet showing much pliancy or sweetness. In a cool, minty style but this clenched wine is still a baby. (I tasted this bottle just before press time in New York; my earlier sample at Dominus was lower-toned and did not display as much lift.)



This is tight and complex, very Bordeaux-like in its focus, range of flavors and structure, with dried berry, mineral, loamy earth, tobacco, cedar and tar notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2018. 2,600 cases made. –JL

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