2013 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend SKU #1215825


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  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    It's impossible to believe the Napanook is a second wine, but that's fine with me because it just means we get Dominus fruit and quality at a third of the price. The grapes that go into the Napanook come off of the exact same vines that produce the Dominus Estate. The only difference; sun exposure. With the vines oriented West to East, the sun hits the fruit on different sides of the vine at different times in the day. One side gets the bright, early morning sun, while the other receives the hot, golden afternoon sun that peaks right before sunset. These differing sun exposures creates unique phenolic ripeness depending on which side of the vine the grapes lie on and Dominus takes this into account and chooses to bottle them separately. What you get from the ’13 Napanook is the same quality, structure and ageability as the Dominus Estate but with a touch more accessibility. This Bordeaux blend is intense, concentrated and structured with a sweet mid-palate ripeness of dark black, brooding fruits, and an almost savory sanguine character. The dense silky texture is matched with some young, grippy tannins that will integrate with just a little bit of time in bottle. What truly showcases the Dominus fruit is how glorious this wine is going to age. The Napanook will be phenomenal with just a short amount of aging and can be continually enjoyed over the years as you wait for the ’13 Dominus Estate to properly age.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    While this isn't the 3x100 point masterpiece that is the 2013 Dominus, it is a wonderful alternative at a spectacular price. Truly a second wine of the Dominus, the Napanook possesses an incredible level of depth and concentration. The intensity of the blue and black fruits is mesmerizing. The palate is clean, pure, and full bodied without an ounce of extra fat or fluff. Everything is in perfect balance. The alcohol is just high enough to add a smooth glycerol weight, but low enough to leave the wine feeling cool and complete. With all of the hype of the 2013 vintage in Napa and the accompanying price increases, this is absolutely a top value. Don't miss it.
    Top Value!
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    It is crazy to think that this is a second wine. This wine has more structure, complexity and polish than most wines that are significantly more expensive. While "Bordeaux blend" is often used to describe the varietals used in a blend, it almost never make me think of Bordeaux wine. Here is does, this is Napa Valley Bordeaux. Dark fruits, earthy mineral tones, cigar box; sounds like Bordeaux right, wrong its Napanook. This has great concentration and structure, drink it now or cellar it for a decade. Just like a great Bordeaux, only better? Once you taste this you'll understand where I am coming from. Oh, and by the way, all the grapes for this wine come from the same vines as Dominus.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2013 Dominus is one of the most heralded wines I’ve seen in quite some time from California, with its multiple 100 point scores collectors have been ringing our phones off the hook for months looking for any way to make sure they are able to secure the wine for themselves. While that wine is just a bit away from release the 2013 Napanook is here and is one of the best values of the tremendous 2013 vintage in the Napa Valley. Made from the exact same vineyard and in the exact same way as the Dominus this wine is about three times less expensive than its big brother and should age almost as long. Tightly wound and powerful on the nose this wine is all about tension and inky weight. The word monolithic came to mind with brooding dark fruit and woody, tannic intensity. In fact I’ve tasted past vintages of Dominus that weren’t this wound up in their adolescence. Savory olive, fresh thyme, black fruits, asphalt and hardwood combine for a powerful and earthen wine. Simply put I was blown away by the intensity, concentration and power of this wine. A cellar wine for sure, in fact if you want to drink this before it’s 10th birthday I think you’d be doing the wine a great disservice. This is one for the cellar for sure.
  • Brian Allie
    By: Brian Allie
    K&L Staff Member
    What a spectacular experience it was to taste this at Dominus! And what a taste it was! Bright and lovely with black and red berries on the nose. Cherry and plum flavors come through wonderfully, with a bit of dark chocolate. Fresh floral notes and a lovely minerality tie this wine to together. It was like velvet on the palate. Highly recommended!
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Tasted at the winery following the '12. While the previous vintage was defined by a cool purity and elegance, the 2013 is a much more compact and juicy style of Napanook. While the "Grand Vin" at Dominus reflected a tightly wound First Growth, Napanook seems to show more of a robust Napa character in 2013. All that being said, it is a ton of wine for the going price (especially for the heart of Napa) and considering it comes from the triple 100-point Dominus vines, I'd expect this will be quickly snatched up by collectors.


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