100 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate... 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 colour 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.
99 Points Wilfred Wong of Wine.com... Dominus, a journey from the Old to the New World. I tasted 1983, the winery's first vintage, when it was released, and have continued tasting the wines through the decades. The 2016 vintage is as close to perfection as an iconic wine can achieve. Patience is required here. While the wine is already flamboyant, I can see it rewarding enophiles in ways that other wines only dream of being able to do. Its standout aromas and flavours feature black fruit and berries, subtle notes of oak, and compelling earth notes. Enjoy with grilled beef and a dollop of Roquefort
98 Points Jeb Dunnuck... 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 will unquestionably live for 25-30 years.