This vineyard dates back to the first planted vineyard in Napa Valley in 1838 by George Yount, which gave the name to the town of Yountville. The soil is gravelly and clay loam, and the 2010 vintage saw a wet spring, mild summer and hot, dry harvesting time. The wine show lots of concentration, tannins are very centered and thanks to its 14.5 percent alcohol percentage, it adds silkiness to the overall structure. It’s a wine that is lively, with spicy and earthy notes. On the palate it has vigorous fruit characteristics of plum and blackberries, with notes of mocha, licorice, and sweet cherries. It is not the usual vintage of Napanook as its slightly more potent and concentrated. Being a Napanook is, it made to be consumed young with an early maturing characteristic. Described as the second wine of Dominus, in my view, it’s a wine that has its own identity and purpose.