Promontory 2018 Napa Valley
Een absoluut unieke topwijn. Door James Suckling en Decanter beloond met de hoogst mogelijke score van 100 punten. "A class above" - Decanter. "Unique wine" - James Suckling.Verder lezen
- SmaakprofielComplex, krachtig & vol
- DruivenrasCabernet Sauvignon
- Land & RegioAmerika, Californië
- 100% proefgarantie
- Gratis bezorgd vanaf €75
- Levering binnen 2 tot 3 werkdagen
- Verzekerd verzonden & zorgvuldig verpakt
"A class above"
De wijnen van Promontory worden gemaakt van een selectie van de beste druivenrassen uit de Napa Valley. De rode wijnen worden gemaakt van cabernet sauvignon, merlot en cabernet franc. De witte wijnen worden gemaakt van chardonnay en sauvignon blanc.
De wijnen van Promontory worden gekenmerkt door hun intensiteit, complexiteit en elegantie. Ze zijn gemaakt met respect voor de natuur en de druiven. De wijnen rijpen gedurende lange tijd in Franse eikenhouten vaten, waardoor ze een rijke, volle smaak krijgen.
Decanter: "Gorgeous blackcurrant bramble fruit tones on the nose. A hint of plum, juniper, allspice, cinnamon, pepper and violets. Stylish and compelling, a real sense of purity from the first mouthful. So carefully controlled and delivered.... Liquorice and tar end the wine on a savoury note, suggesting long cellaring and long ageing potential. I love it. A class above."
Violets and blueberries with cloves and pine cones, following through to a medium to full body with tight, seamless tannins, like finely cut diamonds. It’s very closed and reserved at the end. Weightless. Needs plenty of time to open. Unique wine. Better after 2027.
Gorgeous blackcurrant bramble fruit tones on the nose. A hint of plum, juniper, allspice, cinnamon, pepper and violets. Stylish and compelling, a real sense of purity from the first mouthful. So carefully controlled and delivered. Tannins are ample but finely textured and well integrated - this really stands out in the tasting and is a step-up in terms of nuance, complexity and character. Tannins coat the mouth in a powdery chalky minerality while the subtle density and quiet muscular power gives the base and focus. Nothing stands out, you know you're in California which is excellent, but it's not overt or too much. Tastes sophisticated, stylish and overall expensive! A thrilling wine that really shines and is all the more likeable because it's not showing off or shouting too loudly. Liquorice and tar end the wine on a savoury note, suggesting long cellaring and long ageing potential. I love it. A class above. Director Will Harlan, winemaker David Cilli.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Promontory is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; the estate has some Cabernet Franc planted, but it hasn't yet been utilized in the blend. Scents of crushed mint, ripe cherries and river stones mingle easily on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is tense and fresh. This has what is fashionably described as "tension" in spades, then finishes long and silky. Give it some time in the cellar, and my rating my look stingy in a decade.
The newest of the Harlan-related projects, Promontory is based on an 840-acre parcel of largely forested hills located south of Harlan Estate. Purchased in 2008, it's virtually a valley unto itself, with fewer than 84 acres under vine. The winery itself is situated just north of Harlan. From a slightly higher elevation and virtually surrounded by nature, the wine is more taut and structured, accentuated by its élevage in Austrian oak foudres from Stockinger, which range from 1000 to 5000 liters in volume. This is always released later than the other Harlan projects, with the 2019 slated for release in March 2023. Availability at retail is extremely limited, so the best option is to sign up for the mailing list. Unlike Harlan Estate and Bond, Promontory does offer visits by appointment, so at least there is a chance to try the wine for yourself.
During a visit to Promontory in December, I tasted the four latest vintages with winemaker David Cilli, Cory Empting and Will Harlan. The current release is the 2015 vintage, recently offered on the domestic market with the international offer coming out this spring. It was an absolute joy to taste the perfect 2016 Promontory again, a wine that Cilli mentioned "so clearly shows the characteristics of Promontory." Of the 2017 (now in bottle), Cilli said, “We were not able to pick the last few Promontory blocks because of the fires, so it was a very small harvest this year. We had picked a few lots just after the heat spells, and we were able to maintain that freshness in the wine." The 2018 vintage was tasted as a barrel sample, due to be bottled in early 2021. Cilli said, "We picked for six weeks at Promontory. I picked maybe 90 different lots!" Given the many, incredibly varied aspects, altitudes and soil types at this remote vineyard, this kind of parcel separation is critical to producing a wine of exceptional quality. This 2018 is truly a wine achievement to behold.