2013 Dominus Napanook Red

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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  • Mbad77 wrote: 92 points

    January 25, 2020 - Score may be a touch on mean side but this is a tricky one. Had a bottle maybe 2 years ago which was filled with promise so thought this may be ideal timing but honestly I think it needs a few more years ideally.
    It’s quite big with good tannins and acidity but isn’t rich. First half bottle it really did show some heat / alcoholic almost prune characteristics on the finish.

    Kept until next day and had really integrated and softened though still had spice and power on finish.
    Slightly grainy / chalky on finish with some grip.
    Give it a proper aeriation / decant but this will go the ages and will be better for time in bottle.

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  • oldwines commented:

    1/26/20, 8:40 AM - If you don’t mind a comment, in my experience great wines like this can often “fall asleep” in the 6-10 year old range. I almost never drink great Cab, Bordeaux, Burg, Barolo in that timeframe. Just playing the probabilities, as I have often seen how they close down and seem hard, unyielding or just shut down. So I would definitely agree with you that this needs more time. Of course from my username I’m sure you can tell my bias....I will leave mine in the cellar until their 15th birthday.

    “oldwines” aka Dave

  • Mbad77 commented:

    1/26/20, 9:04 AM - Yes thanks - I’m sure your right and wouldn’t dream of drinking a Bordeaux until 12 + like you say. Given it’s a Cali second wine I thought it would be about ready (Dominus I leave for longer) has plenty about this to leave for some time.

  • oldwines commented:

    1/26/20, 2:07 PM - Curiously Napanook in some vintages is as age worthy as Dominus.

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