I don’t want anyone to think that I don’t work hard amassing my notes for articles when I am at my local wine shop, The Fine Wine Source in Livonia, Michigan. I was there meeting an Instagram wine blogger that I had introduced her to the store. I am sure that she must have thought I was totally eccentric, with my cryptic notes and my amateurish photography. I have to admit that we had a wonderful tasting session, and she is working on getting a Somm designation, and the store offered to help her try and learn some wines. As for the Street Somm, life goes on, even without a designation.
To this day I still claim that I can sit back and just enjoy the nose offered from Dominus Estate wines and we were tasting Dominus Estate Christian Moueix Napa Valley 2006. Christian Moueix has over fifty years of producing Bordeaux’s Right Bank and thirty-eight years in the Napa Valley. Son of legendary Jean-Pierre Moueix, he completed studies in Paris and at University of California, Davis and returned to France to work with his father. He began a partnership in 1982 on an estate around the Napanook vineyard, which is one of the first sites planted to grapes in 1838 by George Yount (Yountville). Dominus Estate is one of the “cult wines” of Napa Valley. He ran the estate since 1982 concurrently with the family business in Bordeaux until 2008; he became the sole owner of the estate in 1995. Dominus Estate is dry-farmed and into crop-thinning, having used these techniques first at Chateau Petrus in the early Seventies. The 2006 vintage is ninety-one percent Cabernet Sauvignon, six percent Cabernet Franc and three percent Petit Verdot. About twenty-one months of aging, with forty percent new French Oak, and then an additional eleven months in bottles before the release, and there were six-thousand cases produced. A very dark red wine with an incredible nose of dark cherries and berries, with additional notes of tobacco and chocolate. On the palate deep ripe fruit, beautiful elegant tannins, totally balanced with a long count finish of fruit and licorice.
There is always room for Inniskillin Wines Vidal Ice Wine, Niagara Peninsula VQA 2019 and they now also have a winery in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. They have really created a name for themselves and Canada for their ice wines made from Vidal, Riesling and Cabernet Franc. Inniskillin Wines were granted a winery license in 1977, the last winery licensed was in 1929, and their first vintage was in 1977. In 1984 they produced their first ice wine from naturally frozen Vidal grapes and won the Grand Prix d’Honneur at Vinexpo in France in 1991 with their Vidal Ice Wine. Vidal is a hybrid of Ugni Blanc and Seibel that is a Cold-Hardy grape. The grapes are harvested at night when eighty percent of the water content in each berry is frozen. The grapes are pressed while still frozen (artificially freezing the grapes is prohibited) and the grapes may be harvested from about December to as late as March, and the juice is highly concentrated, the fermentation is very slow. The beautiful golden yellow wine offers notes of tropical florals, and on the palate tones of mango and lychee in a rich nectar with a nice long finish of tropical fruits. An ideal substitute with an appetizer of Foie Gras, or for the perfect dessert wine.