DOMINUS ESTATE & NAPANOOK

NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA 2021
 

Why Buy: Dominus Estate’s release from the special 2021 vintage has arrived in style, with a 100-point rating and comparisons to the greatest vintages of this storied wine. Christian Moueix, the Right Bank icon who crafted the wines of Château Petrus among many others, has blessed us with a masterpiece that caps a stunning run for the estate, which scored perfect 100s for its 2018 and 2019 vintages as well. And, folks, no sooner do we acquire a case of Dominus than it leaves us, so you’ll want to act quickly to secure yours now!
 
What They’re Saying: In a 100-point declaration, Jeb Dunnuck put 2021 Dominus “unquestionably in the same league as the 2018, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2010, and 1991,” and to his mind, “wine simply doesn't get any better.” The Superlatives continue from Dunnuck on the 2021 Napanook, which he claims is “easily the finest vintage I've tasted of this cuvée and it is the equivalent of many a Grand Vin from other producers.

 

The Story: The grapes, as always, were grown on rich, volcanic soil at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains, in the Yountville Appellation of Napa, and exquisite care was taken to prevent them from ripening too quickly in the heat. Arguably, none of Mouiex's methods is more important than that of dry farming, which forces a vine's roots to search deeper into the earth for sources of water — a necessary struggle, if the goal is to produce fruit with the depth, complexity, and expressiveness to make world-class wine.
 

Our Tasting Notes: There are few things in this life that you can count on to go just about perfectly, and Dominus is one of them. This is a legit crown jewel for any collection, and especially if you are a passionate devotee of Napa Cab. We marveled at its intensity, drive, and persistence, and were charmed by the way it manages, adroitly, to sidestep any heaviness. A wine you can open now, and enjoy its freshness and energy, but you can cellar it with confidence, too, trusting that it will age gracefully over the next 20-25 years.
 

Fun Fact: Moueix was launched on his career path by his father, Jean-Pierre, who sold some of his Monets to purchase land for a winery.
 

Our Guarantee: We always buy and source directly from the estate, so rest assured: your wine will arrive in your hands with pristine provenance. Secure your order today!
 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2024. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in KY, KS, MI, NJ, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, May 23, 2024.