The 2011 vintage displays fresh almond, wild strawberry, and cassis. The wine has delicate notes of smooth caramel. Polished tannins, dark berries, cocoa, and sage accompany a long, elegant finish. "Savory herbs, menthol, smoke and licorice are some of the aromas that open up in the glass in the 2011 Dominus. This is a relatively immediate, expressive Dominus with plenty of near-term appeal. The style is open and succulent for the year, with lovely balance and poise. Crushed rose petals and dried herbs linger in the close. With time in the glass, the 2011 fleshes out nicely. In 2011 Dominus is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc." -VN
In the late 1960's, while attending The University Of California At Davis, Christian Mouiex fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines. Son of Jean-Oierre Mouiex, the famed wine merchant and producer from Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards , including Chateau Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanly in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion. His love of Napa Valley lingered and, in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook Vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940's and 1950's.