A sumptuous vintage of Napanook, this is fat with raspberry and earthy 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 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. (RP)
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. (ST)
The second label from Christian Moueix's Dominus brand and his Napanook Vineyard. Firmly tannic and with pert acidity, its minerality, earthiness and Asian spice notes add complexity to the black cherry/plum fruit. A California wine made in a Bordeaux style. 17/20 points. (LM)
This is a big, full-bodied wine, but it's rather heavy now. Brings a wave of blackberries, black currants and chocolate into the mouth, and then sort of sinks down into an inertia of tannins. It's not ready to drink now, but it does have a fancy overall balance, including the oak appliqué. Give it a good 4–5 years in the cellar, but it's probably not for the long haul. *Cellar Selection*
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