Dominus Estate, Othello 2012

Dominus Estate

2012
Napa Valley

A well made blend of Cabernet- Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Bright ruby red in colour, Othello opens up with intense aromas of raspberry and blackcurrant followed by notes of black pepper an laurel.
On the palate, the wine presents a good tannic structure whith supple and ripe tannins and a lovely aromatic persistence.
Mineral notes continue to unfold over the long finish.

Othello has been in production since 2006 although sales have hitherto been restricted to the Japanese market. Now in full production, 2012 has been opened up for international distribution. As at Dominus, the vines dedicated to Othello are cosseted to an extraordinary degree. Crop thinning is standard, clusters are separated to facilitate the circulation of air and nettoyage is exercised before harvest, removing fruit which does not make the Moueix high standards. Canopy management and leaf plucking are also the norm and the grapes are even given a gentle wash before harvest to remove any summer dust and to aid the final maturation process.

Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
Alcohol-abv
13%
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Napa Valley

Napa Valley

Situated immediately north of San Pablo Bay, Napa Valley runs extends for approximately 35 miles (60km) between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges (to the east and west respectively). The scenic 40-minute drive between the Napa and Calistoga townships passes through some of the most valuable viticultural real estate on Earth.

Napa Valley is one of the most famous and prestigious wine region of the world. Although a number of grape varieties are grown in the valley's vineyards, the area is particularly known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. The classic "Napa Cab", the archetypal Napa Valley wine, is a rich, oak-aged red with aromas of blackcurrant, boysenberry, licorice, vanilla and smoky, bittersweet chocolate.

The range of grape varieties grown in the Napa Valley has evolved steadily over the 150 years since Yount planted his first vines. Cabernet Sauvignon has risen confidently to become Napa's star performer, and is the most widely planted grape in almost all of the valley's sub-regions. The notable exception to this rule is Carneros, whose cool, breezy mesoclimate is better suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Merlot is also prominent, although since its fall from favor in the 1990s it is now used mostly as a blending component.

Climate, geology and topography are three essential components in what makes Napa Valley such a first-rate viticultural area. The combined influences of San Pablo Bay and the hills of the North Coast Ranges are responsible for the valley's very particular mesoclimate. The bay generates morning fog, and the hills channel it inland, up into the valley. Without this fog that comes rolling in from the bays, the valley's climate would be substantially warmer than it is, making it difficult to achieve structure and balance in the wines. The fog doesn't reach the higher parts of the valley, however, leaving these to rely on the cooling effects of altitude to keep their vines in balance.