Vinous 88 points - (83% cabernet sauvignon, 9% petit verdot and 8% cabernet franc): Aromas of licorice, pepper, herbs, chicory and leather, plus a hint of lemon zest. In a distinctly herbal style, with cocoa and coffee bean notes complicating the flavors of cassis leaf and pepper. Shows a fairly fine-grained texture and good length but the finish betrays slightly dry tannins and a continuing leafy quality.
Wine Advocate 87 points - The 2011 Napanook, from a challenging vintage, is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc. It reveals lots of weedy underbrush and herbal characteristics along with pomegranate, sweet cherry and sassafras notes. It also possesses an attractive earthy/autumnal vegetative character, but finishes narrowly with light tannin. Consume it during its first 8-10 years of life. (Oct 2013)
Christian Moueix first released Napanook in 1996 with the intention of producing a wine to be enjoyed
in its younger years. Napanook is a blend of the four varietals coming from vineyard lots chosen for their
finesse, lively fruit and subtle tannins. The goal is to find the perfect equilibrium between these elements,
creating a wine that is harmonious in balance and pleasurable to drink.