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2016 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1407559 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (LPB) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark 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. 98+ Inner quote mark (1/2019)

98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The opulence of fresh flowers and dark fruit is so impressive. There’s so much going on, from flowers to currants. The palate is full and powerful, but what impresses most are the ripe tannins and the amazing poise at the finish. Tightens down at the end. A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Dominus is a dark, somber wine. I don't quite see the explosive energy of the 2013 or 2010, not the seductiveness of the 2012, but the 2016 has a distinct charm that is all its own. Quite frankly, I can't remember a young Dominus with this combination of fruit density, freshness and polished tannins. A huge center of fruit emerge with time in the glass in a big, large-scaled Dominus that should provide readers with a long drinking window of pure pleasure once some of the baby fat wears off. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This marries a range of old-school savory, tobacco, chestnut and bay leaf notes with a dense and muscular core of dark currant and blackberry fruit, all backed by a loam-swaddled finish. Long and dense, but defined, with the fruit steadily emerging to win out in the end. Patience is required. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2019)


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By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2019 | Send Email
Dominus slays once again in this outstanding 2016 vintage. However, if you do plan to drink this wine sooner than within the next 4-5 years, I would recommend some serious decanting. The tannins are definitely there, it's earthy, and packed with brilliant notes of dark chocolate, lavender, leather, and smoked meats! to name a few. After having this bottle open for a good 4+ hours, it became simply outstanding.

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