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2016 Dominus Estate, Proprietary Red, Napa Valley

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2016 Dominus Estate, Proprietary Red, Napa Valley (1.5L, Magnum) is available here
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MP

“100 pts • A legend in the making!”

"Legend In The Making"

By David Gettenberg

The 2016 Dominus Estate Proprietary Red is a masterpiece and a, "legend in the making." James Suckling

The rate at which Dominus is producing 100 point scores is staggering! 

This release is the third vintage in four years that the wine has garnered a perfect score:  2013, 2015, and now this offer, 2016.

The Best One Yet?

We've said many times before, press is nice, but, the real test is what's inside the bottle?

Our First Impression

We have tasted the 2016 and it is outstanding!

Like prior vintages, it has a Bordeaux-like profile, which makes sense since Dominus Estate was founded in 1981 by Christian Moueix, the then owner of Château Pétrus in Pomerol. Ever since then, this California icon is known for capturing the essence of premier Bordeaux. 

"Offering up subtle notions of potpourri, Indian spices, cigar box and iron ore over a core of crushed blackberries and black cherries with intermittent wafts of black and red currants, new leather and smoked meats... It offers incredible vibrancy with tons of black and red fruit sparkle in the mid-palate leading to a provocative mineral element on the very long finish. If I could give more than 100 for this one, I would." Wine Advocate

  • We also have this legendary Dominus in 1.5L (magnums), here

Ah, the ongoing Dominus dilemma: To drink or cellar?

I'm doing both!

By David Gettenberg

Englewood Wine Merchants

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Press & Tasting Notes
100

“If I could give more than 100 for this one, I would.”

Wine Advocate • 100 / 100

"A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc aged in 40% new oak, the 2016 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine is deep purple-black in color and quite reticent at this youthful stage to begin, offering up subtle notions of potpourri, Indian spices, cigar box and iron ore over a core of crushed blackberries and black cherries with intermittent wafts of black and red currants, new leather and smoked meats. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a densely packed mid-palate and oodles of freshness framed by very ripe, finely grained tannins and laced with compelling earthy accents. It offers incredible vibrancy with tons of black and red fruit sparkle in the mid-palate leading to a provocative mineral element on the very long finish. If I could give more than 100 for this one, I would."

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98+

“Another possible legend in the making.”

Jeb Dunnuck • 98+ / 100

"Another possible legend in the making is the 2016 Dominus, a classic blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and the rest Cabernet Franc brought up in 40% new French oak. Pure, pristine notes of charcoal, cold fireplace, smoke tobacco, and both blue and black fruits all flow to a full-bodied 2016 that has incredible elegance and finesse, yet also depth and density. It's more backward and reserved than the 2015 and needs 4-5 years of cellaring. It will unquestionably live for 25-30 years."

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More Information
  • Producer: Dominus Estate
  • Country: United States
  • Region: California
  • Subregion: Napa Valley
  • Varietal: Cabernet Blend
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Size: 750ml
  • Code: W00982-1-2