Overview of the Wine
In an unmarked territory, hidden beyond the upper reaches of Oakville’s southwestern borderlands, Promontory looms remote, raw, and replete with uncharted potential. Steeped in history yet largely overlooked in the twentieth century, the scale of this undiscovered territory evokes the impression of a small national park. These lands encompass an entire watershed, and embody all the hallmarks of an unparalleled winegrowing estate - diversity of soil, elevation, exposition, and climate – all within a single and dramatic expanse.
Building a dream of this scale requires a commitment much greater than that of one individual or even one lifetime. It is a pursuit that requires the experience and wisdom of the founding generation, the preparedness and conviction of the current generation, with consideration for the promise of the next.
Promontory extends their pioneering spirit of discovering something that can reveal, just possibly, a glimpse of the sublime.
Produced by Harlan.
Grape / Blend
Napa Valley, California
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Deep red in the glass, the 2015 Promontory exhibits luminous nuance along the rim. Vivid on the nose, fresh notes of red fruits are surrounded by the characteristic scents of our territory: wet stone, graphite, lichen, and subtle laurel. The entry is gentle and elegant, building naturally into a lively and generous midpalate. Tannins are voluminous yet gain definition as they flow along the palate, lending strength and length to the wine. Despite its youth, the wine allows itself to be appreciated without hiding its latent potential—a promise for future decades..
98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Promontory has recently been released in the domestic market and is due for international release in spring 2021. Deep garnet-purple in color, it has sprung to life since I last tasted it, prancing out of the glass with showy red currant jelly, black cherry compote and warm cassis notes plus hints of cinnamon toast, wilted roses, unsmoked cigars and fragrant earth. Full-bodied, the palate is rich and impactful, featuring layer upon layer of red and black fruits with loads of mineral sparks. The structure is rock-solid with firm, rugged tannins that are beginning to come into line with the flamboyant fruit, finishing with great length and a lively lift.
98 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
I was lucky enough to be able to taste a small vertical for this report. Starting with the 2015 Estate, this is still youthful and unevolved, but wow, it’s nevertheless a brilliant wine. Gorgeous notes of currants, mulberries, and black cherry fruits as well as lots of tapenade and leafy herb notes define the bouquet, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, sweet, polished tannins, and a great finish. It can be enjoyed today but won’t hit prime time for another 3-4 years. It should evolve for decades.
97 Points - Vinous
Usually an exotic wine, the 2015 Promontory comes across as much more laid back today. Time seems to be bringing out more freshness, aromatic lift and brightness in its fruit, which I don't really know how to explain given the intense heat of the year. It will be interesting to see where the 2015 goes from here. Today, it certainly appears to have a very bright future, although it does appear to be going through some sort of transitional phase. Drinking window: 2023 - 2040. Rating: 97+
96 Points - Decanter
You feel the width and depth of great Napa arriving with this wine, and there is a purity of expression that is hard not to be seduced by. Clear power and punch, with a sleek character of damson, graphite, olive tapenade and pencil lead, along with crème de cassis that reflects the trace of heat on the finish. A kick of black pepper and nutmeg spice brings focus. As it opens, the freshly cut herbs of a Napa mountain wine become clear, and it is heady and confident. Still young at six years old, it will benefit from a few more years in bottle. First vintage 2009, distributed partly through the Place de Bordeaux since the 2012 vintage.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2038
95 Points - Wine Spectator
A lush and seductive style, well-endowed with creamy-textured cassis, plum and blackberry confiture flavors that glide atop mocha, black licorice and Black Forest cake notes. There's a twinge of loam and flashes of bay leaf and sweet tobacco on the finish to keep this honest, but steers primarily in the direction of flashy fruit. Drink now through 2035.
Product size: 750ml