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2015 Promontory Proprietary Red
Promontory is the latest venture from the legendary Harlan family in California. Hailing from a rugged and mostly hidden vineyard located between Oakville and Yountville on the western side of Napa, Promontory is the third of the family's properties following on from Harlan Estate and BOND. Bill Harlan purhased this special and geologically complex vineyard site in 2008, and has set about gaining as much knowledge as they can of the site. While slow and steady is the mantra, these wines have made an immediate impact and are already one of the most highly prized wines in Napa.
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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. Drink 2022 - 2053.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)
The 2015 Promontory is another absolutely thrilling wine from the Harlan family's Promontory property in the hills above Yountville. Dense and dramatic in the glass, the 2015 races across the palate with stunning depth. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, leather, licorice and menthol fill out the wine's layers effortlessly, but it is the wine's overall balance that leaves the most lasting impression. Specifically, winemaker Davide Cilli has succeeded in finding a level of finesse in the tannins that eludes so many 2015s. Drink 2022 - 2040.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
Insane aromas of lavender, blackberries, wet earth and ripe yet fresh fruit. Full body with very deep fruit, pine needles and hints of chocolate and cedar. Very long and wonderfully polished. This has wonderful depth and focus. Release in 2021. Better after 2024.
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. Drink 2024 - 2045.