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Dominus Napanook 2012 United States  California  Napa Valley Red Wine  Red Blend 26278 18441 750ml
Product ID: 26278
Region: United States, California, Napa Valley
Varietal: Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red Wine, Red Blend
Vintage: 2012
Size: 750ml
ABV%: 14.5
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"The 2012 Napanook is a clear expression of an exceptional vintage. Pure aromas of fresh strawberry, caramel and minty sage fill the nose. Vigorous and rich with firm, yet integrated tannins, the wine offers earthy complexity, dark cocoa and roasted almonds on a long lingering finish." —winemaker

Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot

Wine Anthology review:
Just like its big brother Dominus, the 2012 Napanook is an amazing showing that packs in all of what the robust 2012 vintage gave to the vineyard. Napanook takes a cue from Bordeaux, presenting as a red blend in spite of its 95% Cabernet Sauvignon composition, so the effect is something of a remarkable cross between California Cab and Right Bank Bordeaux. Full-throated and decadent, the 2012 Napanook features plenty of red fruit and blackcurrant with a lift of eucalyptus and mint in a modern, fat syle.
"This shows wonderful aromas of tar, asphalt, wet earth and pure cherries. Full-bodied yet soft and velvety with a fine, dusty texture to the finish. Fresh and austere. Dignified. This has no cabernet franc in it this year; normally there is 3% to 5%. It's 95% cabernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot. Drink or hold." —James Suckling

"The 2012 Napanook is a big, intense wine, especially if given some time in the decanter. Rich red cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and spice meld together in an effortless, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are silky and polished, which gives the 2012 much of its early appeal, but there is so much density and pure concentration that a few years in bottle will only do it good. The 2012 is a fabulous Napanook. Frankly, the 2012 is as good or better than the top wines at many estates. Napanook remains one of the great values in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot." —Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"The second wine, the 2012 Napanook Proprietary Red Wine has a similar profile, but certainly comes across as less nuanced and slightly less concentrated and profound compared to its bigger sister. It is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. It does reflect the fact that the selection process has gotten so severe that the second wine at Dominus is really special in top vintages such as 2012 or 2013. The wine has low acidity, beautiful ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, a hint of unsmoked cigar tobacco and a touch of roasted herbs in the finish. This is a beauty to drink over the next 15-20 years." —Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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