Robert Parker, tasting note published in July 2nd 1905
This is one of the greatest wines of the vintage. Dense and youthful purple, with a glorious nose of earth, blackcurrants, sweet black cherries and incense, the oak is pushed into the background, as in all Moueix wines, and the result is a wine of terroir, of great originality and authenticity. This full-bodied classic from Dominus can be drunk now, but will not really reach its peak for another 4-5 years and will last for at least another two decades or more.
Winter was typical, with rainfall only slightly above average. We received 28″ during the winter, 6″ in March and 4″ in May. Rainfall was light and spread over 68 days. Temperatures throughout the season were quite moderate; we saw a cool spring that delayed budbreak, and a summer without excessive heat. 2005 was a year with only 23 days above 90°F, and one day above 100°F – July 23. The beautiful weather contributed to a long growing season and very even ripening. With no threat of a heat wave or rain during the harvest period, the grapes reached full ripeness at a slow and steady pace.
We produce wines that reflect the purity, complexity and character of grapes grown exclusively from the Napanook vineyard. This unique provenance qualifies our wines as estate bottled wines, a designation rarely found.
The character of a wine is defined by the grapes at harvest. With our extensive vineyard efforts, once we have the grapes in hand, our winemaking practice is minimalist:
Thorough selection of the clusters by hand.
Optical sorting of the berries.
Gentle pumping-over – delicately extracts aromas, colour, tannin, and reveals the personality of each blend.
Manual stacking from barrel to barrel every three months, using the skiff.
2570 Napanook Road
Yountville, CA 94599 USA