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.
Winemaking- The 2009 vintage is composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petit Verdot.
Tasting Notes- The 2009 vintage is vibrant and complex, filled with notes of plum, black cherry and earthy tobacco. Pure and precise on the palate, aromas of chocolate and lightly toasted almond complement firm tannins throughout the long finish.
Harvest - 2009 was an ideal season. Plentiful rainfall in February and May abated winter drought concerns, and a mild spring with few temperature fluctuations contributed to even bud break and healthy bloom. Summer temperatures were consistently warm, without excessive heat spikes, and a long Indian summer allowed the berries to develop perfect complexity and ripeness.
Today, Christian is the President of Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, the firm founded in the 1950’s by his late father. The firm manages the family vineyards, including among others, Château Pétrus and Château Hosanna in Pomerol. In addition to his responsibilities in France, Christian also owns and manages Dominus Estate in Yountville, Napa Valley.
Christian first developed his interest in the Napa Valley after spending time in Davis in the 1960’s. Later, while he continued his winemaking responsibilities in France, he also consulted with several California winemakers about quality vineyards in the Napa Valley. This eventually led him to the renowned Napanook vineyard established in 1866 by General George Yount, and once known as the backbone of the Cabernet Sauvignon produced for the famed Inglenook wines. Christian became a part owner in 1981 and a sole owner in 1995. He began producing Dominus in 1983 exclusively from the historic vineyard in Yountville. Today, Christian continues the Napanook legacy through his Dominus and Napanook labels.
Christian Moueix recommends decanting young wines before serving to allow them to reach their full potential.
Varietal(s): 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
Aging: 18 months, 20% new
The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - December 2012
93 Points "The 2009 Napanook is simply glorious. Sweet dark cherries, mint, tobacco, wild flowers and licorice all jump from the glass. The 2009 is a juicy, extroverted Napanook that impresses for its sheer pleasure and total harmony. Layers of fruit continue to build onto the huge, creamy finish."
JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - October 25, 2012
91 Points "Balanced and soft with lovely savory fruit with raspberries and currants. Long and caressing. This is so drinkable. Gorgeous wine."