2016 Dominus Estate, Proprietary Red

Merchant's Pick

THE RECENT PICK

2016 Dominus Estate, Proprietary Red

"Legend In The Making"
"If I could give more than 100 points for this, I would." Wine Advocate

First come, first served...

The 2016 Dominus Estate Proprietary Red is, "another possible legend in the making. " James Suckling

The rate at which Dominus is producing 100 point scores is staggering. This is the third vintage in four years that the wine has garnered a perfect score: the 2013, 2015 and now this offer, the 2016.

The Best One Yet?

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

We have tasted the 2016 and it is an exceptional Dominus release!

Like prior vintages, it has a strong 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 winery has been 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

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

I'm doing both!

By David Gettenberg
Englewood Wine Merchants

$298.95 per bottle / $3587.40 per case

Summary


WINE ADVOCATE

100 / 100

"A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc aged in 40% new oak, the 2016 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."

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."


Product Details


Producer: Dominus Estate

Country: United States

Region: California

Sub Region: Napa Valley

Varietal: Cabernet Blend

Vintage: 2016

Size: 750ml

Code: W00982-1-2