We had the 2007 Vintage on 5/15/20. Very Bordeaux on the bouquet. Graphite, cedar and cigar box. Blackberry, black cherry, leather and oak on the palate. Smooth finish. Well balanced wine that had an Old World feel. — 9 days ago
WNH Zoom tasting #3 on 4/5/20. The theme was “10 years old or more” and I opened this after what I’d call a false start with a ‘96 Dominus Napanook. The cork was a bit soggy and difficult to extract and a sour nose greeted me as I decanted to remove a fair amount of sediment. But once the air hit it this wine spread its wings. It comes off as a hypothetical Volnay/Rioja blend as if there were such a thing. Mature warm red fruit, strong notes of rhubarb, cranberry preserves and sour raspberry mash. Very slight green notes but not in a negative sense. There’s still youthful exuberance here. This isn’t one of those “it’s drinking great for its age” wines it’s straight up exceptional. Great house. Great wine. Hell yes. Happy Bicentennial 🇺🇸🍷 — 2 months ago
Dominus 94 won out this night. A little muted on the palate but smells right — 4 months ago
I’m an unabashed fan boy for the Estate wine—the ‘90, ‘91 and ‘94 are especially impressive examples that come to mind—but I’ve never connected with Napanook. The ‘96 is no exception. It initially delivered nice aged mushroom, cedar and bramble with a sweet cherry core of fruit but that faded quickly and green notes, muddled nondescript red fruit and bitter black coffee flavors took over and ruined the party. — 2 months ago
1994 Screaming Eagle. Dinner w J&L B and D&M H while staying with D&M in Santa Ynez. Opened and waited about an hour. Decanted right before serving. Tons of jammy dark fruit. Opened more in the glass. JB mentioned full palate and balance. Great finish. Preferred this to ‘91 Dominus once this opened up. — 4 months ago
Love it and all smiles - a cross of what Mayacamas wine would be when made in the Bordeaux style from st Julien specifically leoville style - please decant three hours or rest a little more in the bottle - promise it will last 30 years - deep purple in color actually a beautiful rich purple - dark fruits galore - Christian Moeiux is a genius - sweet cedar wood, unsmoked cigar tobacco, crème de cassis, and black raspberries - full-bodied powerful complex mouthfeel is incredible - maybe this could become a new Dominus
900 cases produced - I think suckling is a little high with his score of 98 but hits many of the marks - I would try this wine compared to a dominus and I bet you will see what I am talking about - Bevan’s napa Bordeaux’s are more approachable upfront and the consistent scores he gets reflects this but given time this should be a wine that will compete and a wine to try - bravo CM - thank you for challenging yourself — 4 months ago
This wine was our unanimous winner in our cult Cali blind tasting held back in 2012 against some big hitters, Dominus, Shrader, Shafer Hillside etc. Med bodied in an opulent style with good balance & length showing notes of blackberry, creme de cassis, forest floor, graphite, licorice & violet. — a month ago
Friday...time for a break from the war on the coronavirus...and time for a WINE WAR! Both bottles have practiced years of social distancing in the cellar...there is no vaccine to stop this wine war either
2008 Hundred Acre...a true Napa modern style of rich tannins, liberally oaked, and picked late and ripe at 15.5% alcohol.
2008 Dominus..more old world style with firmer tannins, prominent acidity, more earthy and herbaceous...not as approachable young..at 14.1% alcohol.
Let the decanting begin...check back later tonight for the winner!
We have a winner! 9.4 for the Hundred Acre and a 9.3 for the Dominus....though if compared again in a few years, I believe the Dominus will be on top.....it just needs a few more years to fully come together.
Hundred Acre..dark ruby red color. Nose: sweet cherries, spice box, graphite, plum all jump from the glass. Taste: ripe cherries, espresso, cinnamon, plum..with a nice long finish and no reason it could not go for 10 more years.
Dominus..deep dark garnet color. The nose is a bit muted but the palate is singing. Nose: cherry, charcoal, floral, creme brulee. Taste: A creamy smooth mouthfeel of black fruit, chocolate, licorice with nice round tannins. Not over the top, drinking well, but a wine I believe will be even better in a few years. — 2 months ago
This wine is a lodestone... lovers and haters abound. 17 years old and still dark pure purple in the glass. Instant black cherry and cassis notes...along with saddle leather and tobacco from the oak. Round, oily, almost viscous on the tongue...alcohol still slightly noticeable, but much more integrated than when last tasted. The wine is intense..powerful, rich with a purity that keeps my interest...simply blown away this day by the ‘94 Dominus. I keep my vertical going, but sometimes I wonder why. — 4 months ago