About This Wine
Napa Valley is home to a number of historic, revered vineyards.
Napanook is one of them, owned by farmed by the equally revered Dominus Estate. Enjoying a temperate climate, the Napanook Vineyard’s volcanic, well-draining soils are ideally suited to growing Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals.
In 1838, George Yount, who gave his name to the nearby town of Yountville, planted some of Napa Valley’s first grapevines. In 1850, he sold the land to Charles Hopper, another early settler, as part of a significant land deal extending to the north. Since then, the estate has had a number of esteemed owners, including Hugh LaRue, a pioneer in the use of rootstocks.
The 2008 Napanook Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious wine from a year that proved challenging for grape growers but rewarding for winemakers. It’s a silky wine that was crafted to be enjoyed young, yet will evolve gracefully for at least a decade beyond its vintage date.
About Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep color and richness with the potential to age a long time, and better still if aged in oak before bottling. Classic flavors blackcurrant, plum, cherry and spice. The most popular varietal of red wine in America.
- Grape Composition:93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot & 1% Cabernet Franc
- Grape Source:Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley
- Aromas & Flavors:Mocha, Almond, Citrus Zest, Black Fruits and Minerals
- Aging Vessels:Oak Barrels (20% First Use) for 15 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestiona char-grilled steak, or duck almondine.
With grapes from Yountville, this Bordeaux blend, which is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, has a very fine structure. It’s firm in tannins and acidity, with a bracing minerality. The flavors are already quite advanced, suggesting jammy cherries, blackberries and cassis. Drink now for sheer deliciousness, after decanting.