"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,Indianspices,cigarbox andironore over a core ofcrushedblackberriesandblackcherrieswith intermittent wafts ofblackandredcurrants,newleatherandsmokedmeats.The palate is medium to full-bodied with a densely packed mid-palate andoodles offreshnessframed by veryripe,finely grained tannins and laced withcompellingearthy accents. It offersincrediblevibrancywith tons ofblackandredfruitsparkle in the mid-palate leading to aprovocativemineral element on the very long finish.If I could give more than 100 for this one, I would.
- 100 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Anotherpossible legendin 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,pristinenotes ofcharcoal,coldfireplace,smoketobacco,and bothblueandblackfruitsall flow to a full-bodied 2016 that hasincredibleeleganceandfinesse,yet alsodepthanddensity.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+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck
"Theopulenceoffreshflowersanddarkfruitissoimpressive.There’s so much going on, fromflowerstocurrants.The palate isfullandpowerful,but what impresses most are the ripe tannins and the amazingpoiseat the finish. Tightens down at the end. Drink in 2021."
- 98 Points, James Suckling
"This marries a range ofold-schoolsavory,tobacco,chestnutandbayleafnotes with adenseandmuscularcore ofdarkcurrantandblackberryfruit, 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. Best from 2023 through 2040."