Cosimo Commisso divulges one of his newest favourite wines: Dominus Estate’s “Napanook” 2012
In all the wines crafted by Dominus Estate in Napa Valley, one can taste the heart and soul that went into it. In 1981, Christian Moueix — son of the famed French wine merchant Jean-Pierre Moueix — established the winery after falling in love with Napa Valley and acquiring the ancient vineyard. He named his estate “Dominus,” or “Lord of the Estate,” to reflect the commitment he feels for the land, and that commitment can be felt and savoured in every glass sourced from the picturesque establishment.
My particular favourite, however, is the 2012 Napanook. The Napanook series is a blend of Bordeaux varietals selected from the estate vineyard for its lively and bold fruity flavour. Youthful and exuberant, Napanook is intended as a more casual wine. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2012 tastes reminiscent of fresh strawberry, caramel and minty sage, and the undertones are earthy and complex with hints of dark cocoa and roasted almonds. The harmony experienced in this wine is evident of the perfect growing season that yielded it: lots of rainfall and a mild spring.
The 2012 Napanook was awarded 94 points by Antonio Galloni on vinous.com, and for good reason. I recommend sipping this while enjoying a laid-back evening with friends during the warmer months, as the 2012’s exuberant flavours naturally lift the spirits and reflect the warmth and brightness of summertime.