100 Points, Robert Parker's 'The Wine Advocate'
KNOWN FOR ITS COMPLEXITY AND BALANCE, DOMINUS DEMONSTRATES THE POTENTIAL OF A WINE PRODUCED ON EXCEPTIONAL TERROIR. STRUCTURED, SEAMLESS AND PERFECTLY INTEGRATED, DOMINUS IS AN ELEGANT WINE THAT IMPROVES WITH AGE.
WE RECOMMEND DECANTING THE WINE PRIOR TO SERVING, TO ALLOW IT TO DEVELOP ITS FULL POTENTIAL, PARTICULARLY WHEN SERVING YOUNG DOMINUS WINES.
Filled with notes of deep forest berries, juniper and truffle, Dominus 2016 is restrained and compact. The tightly woven structure promises to reveal fine tannins, earth, lavender
and dark chocolate and will improve over many years.
Rainy days were spread out evenly over the course of a warmer than average winter (November to March: 31.2 inches total, 11.2 inches in March). With soil reserves full, vines grew quickly with dense canopies.
Bloom and veraison unfolded in warm and dry conditions and one heat spike of 103F was recorded on July 26th.
Ripening slowed down in August because of cooler temperatures and late morning fog.
Fruit zone de-leafing and higher temperatures in September (99.2F on the 18th, 100.8F on the 25th, 100F on the 26th) helped fruit to ripen consistently.
BLEND: Cabernet Sauvignon 84%, Petit Verdot 8%, Cabernet Franc 8%
HARVEST START: September 16
HARVEST END: September 30
BOTTLING DATE: July 2018
PERCENT NEW BARRELS: 40%
RELEASE DATE: April 2019