"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."
"Apothic Red is the bold and intriguing blend that launched the Apothic legacy, featuring notes of black cherry and dark red fruit. On the palate there's flavors of mocha and vanilla."
- Producer's Notes