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    Promontory

    About Promontory

    Promontory was founded by the Harlan family within the western hills of Napa Valley, on the border between Oakville and Yountville.  The land is a hidden, untamed territory originally discovered by H. William Harlan in the early 1980s, and finally captured by the Harlan family in 2008.

     

    The 30 hectares of vines are laid out in a patchwork and planted on steep and rugged slopes within 340 hectares of forest and wilderness.  Promontory is aged in large Austrian oak casks, and released more than 5 years after harvest.  The wine is characterized by the metamorphic geology: fresh forest and wet stone aromatics; on the palate a linear drive, mineral focus, and the feeling of an almost weightless structure.


    Promontory has one of the best winemaking teams in California and takes a no expense spared approach to produce some of the best wines in the world. This wine is being elevated to the level of Screaming Eagle, Pétrus or Le Pin in terms of cult status, unbelievably quality and scarcity.

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    8 Products

    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Promontory Napa Valley 2012 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,503.32
    2012

    Promontory Napa Valley 2012 (3x75cl)

    James Suckling (100)

    This is incredibly complex and complete with white and black-truffle aromas, as well as wet earth and blackcurrants. Then, it changes to tobacco, cedar and wild forest fruit. Dazzling complexity in both the nose and palate. Full-bodied, yet tight and harmonious. The tannins melt into the wine. Drinkable now, but one for the cellar. This estate could one day rival Harlan, which shares its ownership.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 3x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,503.32
    Promontory Napa Valley 2013 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,034.24
    2013

    Promontory Napa Valley 2013 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (99)

    The best wine so far (although I suspect the 2015 may ultimately enter the picture as well) is the nearly perfect 2013 Promontory Estate. It is simply richer and fuller, with greater integration of tannin, and tastes spectacular. With an opaque, dense purple color and notes of graphite, wet rocks, blackberry and blueberry fruit, some charcoal, and again, loads of spice and loamy soil nuances, the wine has great intensity, a full-bodied texture, and finely grained, sweet tannin. This is a stunner and again, accessible, but its best days are probably a good decade away, as this could very well turn out to be a 40- to 50-year wine.
    In Stock in France

    California 3x75cl 1 99 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,034.24
    Promontory Napa Valley 2014 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £928.91
    2014

    Promontory Napa Valley 2014 (1x75cl)

    Vinous (100)

    I knew it was only a matter of time before Davide Cilli would make a wine at Promontory that would represent the maximum expression of this rugged hillside site. The 2014 Promontory has been exceptional in the past, but it has also gained another gear or two over the last year, which is pretty much now standard for these wines. Stunningly delineated and precise, with tremendous purity and exceptional balance, the 2014 Promontory dazzles from start to finish. This is an especially translucent style, one that is more about persistence and balance than power alone. Stated simply, the 2014 Promontory is towering achievement from one of Napa Valley's most talented young winemakers. Kudos to the Harlan family and the winegrowing team led by Bob Levy and Cory Empting for creating the framework that allowed Cilli to craft this exquisite, riveting Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 1x75cl 1 100 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £928.91
    Promontory Napa Valley 2014 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,611.44
    2014

    Promontory Napa Valley 2014 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (100)

    I knew it was only a matter of time before Davide Cilli would make a wine at Promontory that would represent the maximum expression of this rugged hillside site. The 2014 Promontory has been exceptional in the past, but it has also gained another gear or two over the last year, which is pretty much now standard for these wines. Stunningly delineated and precise, with tremendous purity and exceptional balance, the 2014 Promontory dazzles from start to finish. This is an especially translucent style, one that is more about persistence and balance than power alone. Stated simply, the 2014 Promontory is towering achievement from one of Napa Valley's most talented young winemakers. Kudos to the Harlan family and the winegrowing team led by Bob Levy and Cory Empting for creating the framework that allowed Cilli to craft this exquisite, riveting Cabernet Sauvignon.
    In Stock in France

    California 3x75cl 2 100 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,611.44
    Promontory Napa Valley 2015 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £850.51
    2015

    Promontory Napa Valley 2015 (1x75cl)

    James Suckling (99)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 1x75cl 9 99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £850.51
    Promontory Napa Valley 2016 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,022.98
    2016

    Promontory Napa Valley 2016 (1x75cl)

    The Wine Independent (100)

    Deep purple-black colored, the nose of the 2016 Promontory starts a little sluggish and broody before positively erupting with powerful scents of plum preserves and crème de cassis, followed by exotic hints of cardamom, Indian spices, and sandalwood, plus wafts of fertile loam and crushed rocks. The palate is full-bodied, rich, and velvety, intertwining opulence and minerality with wonderful vibrancy and gravitas, finishing with an epically long-lasting array of earthy sparks. Now starting to shut down as it heads into a slumber, give it a good 4-5 more years in the cellar before broaching, then drink it over the next 30+ years.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 1x75cl 3 100 (WI) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,022.98
    Promontory Napa Valley 2016 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,752.97
    2016

    Promontory Napa Valley 2016 (3x75cl)

    The Wine Independent (100)

    Deep purple-black colored, the nose of the 2016 Promontory starts a little sluggish and broody before positively erupting with powerful scents of plum preserves and crème de cassis, followed by exotic hints of cardamom, Indian spices, and sandalwood, plus wafts of fertile loam and crushed rocks. The palate is full-bodied, rich, and velvety, intertwining opulence and minerality with wonderful vibrancy and gravitas, finishing with an epically long-lasting array of earthy sparks. Now starting to shut down as it heads into a slumber, give it a good 4-5 more years in the cellar before broaching, then drink it over the next 30+ years.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 3x75cl 1 100 (WI) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,752.97
    Promontory Napa Valley 2017 (3x75cl)

    £2,010 - £2,613

    2017

    Promontory Napa Valley 2017 (3x75cl)

    Decanter (98)

    Lovely fragrance to the nose, smells inviting. Lifted and fresh straight away, this has focus and is quite straight at the moment, linear with a precision that keeps it quite tight from start to finish. You can sense the detail and the definition to the fruit - herbal spiced red berry fruits with tons of liquorice giving a sweet, sticky aspect and some fresh mint notes too that come in towards the end. Feels well handled, it's quietly confident with no excess, it certainly doesn't shout loudly but it's well balanced and captivating. Markedly different to some of the other Napa Cabernets.

    California 3x75cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

    £2,010 - £2,613

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Promontory Napa Valley 2012 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,079.40
    2012

    Promontory Napa Valley 2012 (3x75cl)

    James Suckling (100)

    This is incredibly complex and complete with white and black-truffle aromas, as well as wet earth and blackcurrants. Then, it changes to tobacco, cedar and wild forest fruit. Dazzling complexity in both the nose and palate. Full-bodied, yet tight and harmonious. The tannins melt into the wine. Drinkable now, but one for the cellar. This estate could one day rival Harlan, which shares its ownership.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 3x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,079.40
    Promontory Napa Valley 2013 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,688.50
    2013

    Promontory Napa Valley 2013 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (99)

    The best wine so far (although I suspect the 2015 may ultimately enter the picture as well) is the nearly perfect 2013 Promontory Estate. It is simply richer and fuller, with greater integration of tannin, and tastes spectacular. With an opaque, dense purple color and notes of graphite, wet rocks, blackberry and blueberry fruit, some charcoal, and again, loads of spice and loamy soil nuances, the wine has great intensity, a full-bodied texture, and finely grained, sweet tannin. This is a stunner and again, accessible, but its best days are probably a good decade away, as this could very well turn out to be a 40- to 50-year wine.
    In Stock in France

    California 3x75cl 1 99 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,688.50
    Promontory Napa Valley 2014 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £771.86
    2014

    Promontory Napa Valley 2014 (1x75cl)

    Vinous (100)

    I knew it was only a matter of time before Davide Cilli would make a wine at Promontory that would represent the maximum expression of this rugged hillside site. The 2014 Promontory has been exceptional in the past, but it has also gained another gear or two over the last year, which is pretty much now standard for these wines. Stunningly delineated and precise, with tremendous purity and exceptional balance, the 2014 Promontory dazzles from start to finish. This is an especially translucent style, one that is more about persistence and balance than power alone. Stated simply, the 2014 Promontory is towering achievement from one of Napa Valley's most talented young winemakers. Kudos to the Harlan family and the winegrowing team led by Bob Levy and Cory Empting for creating the framework that allowed Cilli to craft this exquisite, riveting Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 1x75cl 1 100 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £771.86
    Promontory Napa Valley 2014 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,169.50
    2014

    Promontory Napa Valley 2014 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (100)

    I knew it was only a matter of time before Davide Cilli would make a wine at Promontory that would represent the maximum expression of this rugged hillside site. The 2014 Promontory has been exceptional in the past, but it has also gained another gear or two over the last year, which is pretty much now standard for these wines. Stunningly delineated and precise, with tremendous purity and exceptional balance, the 2014 Promontory dazzles from start to finish. This is an especially translucent style, one that is more about persistence and balance than power alone. Stated simply, the 2014 Promontory is towering achievement from one of Napa Valley's most talented young winemakers. Kudos to the Harlan family and the winegrowing team led by Bob Levy and Cory Empting for creating the framework that allowed Cilli to craft this exquisite, riveting Cabernet Sauvignon.
    In Stock in France

    California 3x75cl 2 100 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,169.50
    Promontory Napa Valley 2015 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £706.53
    2015

    Promontory Napa Valley 2015 (1x75cl)

    James Suckling (99)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 1x75cl 9 99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £706.53
    Promontory Napa Valley 2016 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £850.25
    2016

    Promontory Napa Valley 2016 (1x75cl)

    The Wine Independent (100)

    Deep purple-black colored, the nose of the 2016 Promontory starts a little sluggish and broody before positively erupting with powerful scents of plum preserves and crème de cassis, followed by exotic hints of cardamom, Indian spices, and sandalwood, plus wafts of fertile loam and crushed rocks. The palate is full-bodied, rich, and velvety, intertwining opulence and minerality with wonderful vibrancy and gravitas, finishing with an epically long-lasting array of earthy sparks. Now starting to shut down as it heads into a slumber, give it a good 4-5 more years in the cellar before broaching, then drink it over the next 30+ years.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 1x75cl 3 100 (WI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £850.25
    Promontory Napa Valley 2016 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,287.44
    2016

    Promontory Napa Valley 2016 (3x75cl)

    The Wine Independent (100)

    Deep purple-black colored, the nose of the 2016 Promontory starts a little sluggish and broody before positively erupting with powerful scents of plum preserves and crème de cassis, followed by exotic hints of cardamom, Indian spices, and sandalwood, plus wafts of fertile loam and crushed rocks. The palate is full-bodied, rich, and velvety, intertwining opulence and minerality with wonderful vibrancy and gravitas, finishing with an epically long-lasting array of earthy sparks. Now starting to shut down as it heads into a slumber, give it a good 4-5 more years in the cellar before broaching, then drink it over the next 30+ years.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 3x75cl 1 100 (WI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,287.44
    Promontory Napa Valley 2017 (3x75cl)

    £2,010 - £2,613

    2017

    Promontory Napa Valley 2017 (3x75cl)

    Decanter (98)

    Lovely fragrance to the nose, smells inviting. Lifted and fresh straight away, this has focus and is quite straight at the moment, linear with a precision that keeps it quite tight from start to finish. You can sense the detail and the definition to the fruit - herbal spiced red berry fruits with tons of liquorice giving a sweet, sticky aspect and some fresh mint notes too that come in towards the end. Feels well handled, it's quietly confident with no excess, it certainly doesn't shout loudly but it's well balanced and captivating. Markedly different to some of the other Napa Cabernets.

    California 3x75cl - 98 (DC) Read Review/Description

    £2,010 - £2,613

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later

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