It is with the 2012 Promontory Estate Red that I believe this newer winery is now hitting its stride.
Just south of Harlan Estate rests Bill Harlan’s newest vineyard, Promontory. It is an 80-acre estate with 35-acres planted to vine and is tucked into the Mayacamas Mountains. At their opening party last spring, I was able to taste all the vintages in bottle including this 2012, which has just been released from the winery directly to us. It is a remarkable wine in an outstanding vintage. Winemaker David Cilli is leading the winemaking team and is doing an incredible job taking this hidden gem of a vineyard and bringing to bottle focused, full-bodied, terroir-driven Cabernet Sauvignon.
“A rich garnet color and youthful brilliance define the appearance in glass. As is typical with the youthful wines of Promontory, the nose is subtle yet intricate. Several minutes after pouring, the different facets begin to emerge. Though one might discern distinct aromas of wet stone, cassis, and hints of resin, the nose seems to more appropriately transport one to the place itself. There is a feeling of moist fog, bringing both humidity and the scents of the native landscape, while projecting in the mind’s eye a vision of sunlight without heat. On the palate, this vintage is decidedly forward. The acidity is forthcoming on entry and balanced by the sheer muscle and density of fruit. The tannins have a chiseled definition, but remain soft and pliant, delivering a long and persistent finish. While the 2012 reveals its precocious virtues, it is unable to hide the underlying truth that patience will provide great reward.” 97 Points, Wine Advocate.