Dominus Napanook 2016


“The 2016 Napanook will give readers tons of pleasure pretty much upon release. Open-knit and deep, with terrific fruit purity, the 2016 is impeccably balanced from start to finish. In this vintage, Napanook is distinctly medium in body, which adds to its immediacy and sheer appeal. Expressive aromatic top notes and silky tannins round things out nicely. I would prefer to drink the 2016 over the next decade or so. Drinking window: 2019-2028. 92 points

Tod Mostero echoed the feelings of most winemakers regarding 2016 when he explained that it was a warm vintage until August, when temperatures dropped. I remember that vividly, as my team mapped Dominus and Yountville that summer. As for the wines, 2016 is another superb vintage for Mostero and proprietor Christian Moueix. Truth be told, though, I have a slight preference for Ulysses, Moueix’s Oakville Cabernet, over Dominus today.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/18)

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