The Napanook Vineyard is one of the great vineyards of Napa Valley
Located in Yountville, the Napanook Vineyard is not only one of the oldest vineyards in Napa Valley, but was a primary source of grapes used in the legendary wines of Inglenook, starting in 1943 and continued until the Inglenook winery was sold. Since 1982, Christian Moueix has taken control of this legendary vineyard producing Dominus.
Dominus today is one of the most consistent wines produced in Napa Valley. To many California Cabernet drinkers, Dominus is the Bordeaux of California. Structured, powerful and meant for aging. The wine is known for its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon and the ability to last and last.
Over the years, there has been much talk of rating the vineyards of Napa Valley or at least comparing what would be the great vineyards of Napa Valley to Bordeaux. Always during those discussions, legendary vineyards like Martha’s Vineyard, produced by Heitz, is mentioned along with Eisele Vineyard, which is home to Araujo, Pritchard Hill, home to Bryant Family amongst others, Harlan Estate, Screaming Eagle and of course the Napanook Vineyard now home to Dominus.
If these vineyards are the best of the best of Napa Valley, then Dominus, as the premier wine from the Napanook Vineyards, is a First Growth of Napa Valley on par with the likes of Screaming Eagle.
I will not be able to settle this debate, nor will anyone else for that matter, but the one thing that is for sure is that the track record of Dominus over the years is one of the finest of Napa Valley. The wine is consistently one of the top wines of the vintage and with 29 years of Dominus produced they have the proven track record of the wine’s cellaring potential.
The 2009 Dominus is now in stock, and we still have a limited amount left to offer. Now is the time to put a six bottle wood case or two away for the years to come.