The vineyard was previously attached to the Hopper Ranch. It is located on the Oakville bench at the foot of the Mayacamas Ridge. The owner is Christian Moueix, who also owns Chateau Trotanoy, Latour a Pomerol, and other important right bank properties. In Napa, he is making Dominus and the second wine, Napanook.
The evolution of this wine has been phenomenal since I tasted it in barrel a year ago with the same black cherry, plum and citrus character but with a turn to orange leaf, dark Chinese tea, and mushroom. Full body, fine and velvety tannins with a touch of dust to the texture. So much chocolate and fruit undertones with forest floor and hints of tobacco, too. The mouthfeel and complexity are seductive. Better from 2022 but a joy to taste. Spring 2018 release. ~ 98JS
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