Ratings & Tasting Notes:
100 points James Suckling I tasted this for the first time last year and it has only got greater. The nose is breathtaking. Purity with incredible complexity, showing dried mushrooms, blackberries, currants and cedar. Some wet earth. Dense and layered blackberries and blueberries. Full-bodied and long with beautiful depth and intensity. The tannins are ultra long. Black truffle comes through. Love the length, finesse and focus. Release in 2022. (6/2021)
100 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Deep garnet-purple, the 2016 Promontory comes barreling out of the glass with bold scents of black cherries, blueberry pie and licorice, leading to a slowly emerging core of crème de cassis, dark chocolate, black soil and truffles plus touches of cumin seed, mossy bark and beef drippings. The full-bodied palate is densely packed with muscular fruit, backed by a rock-solid structure of very firm, exquisitely ripe, grainy tannins and fantastic tension. The finish is both powerful and beautifully nuanced, hedonic and cerebrally gratifying. This singularly stunning expression of Napa Valley is to be released by the winery in 2021. (LPB) (1/2021)
99 points Vinous The 2016 Promontory is every bit as magnificent as it has always been. A wine of dimension and breadth, the 2016 is so captivating in the way it engages all the senses. Unlike many Napa Valley Cabernets, Promontory, especially in structured years like 2016, really benefits from aeration. That time brings out striking floral and mineral nuance while releasing the fruit as the tannins gently melt. Hints of sage, lavender, graphite and mint lend brilliance to this beautifully sculpted, taut Cabernet Sauvignon. What a wine. (AG) (10/2021)
98 points Decanter Beautiful vivid purple colour in the glass. Softly perfumed blackcurrants with milk chocolate – smells so welcoming and appealing. This is excellent from the start – you have an intensity of flavour, the richness, the depth – with a really dark, spicy undertone but these plush tannis that are soft, softly chewy and delicate yet fill the mouth. You can feel the winemaking on show with the impression this has been well handled and worked so carefully to get such harmonious tannins and at the same time an overall excellent expression of fruit. It’s a full wine but really refined – still structured and expansive and still with so much life to give. I love the feeling you get tasting this wine, it’s hefty no doubt, powerful but encased so well that you just get everything on full blast that you want to sit and slowly think about. A contemplative wine but one for total enjoyment. (GH) (2/2022)
750 mL each – 3 bottles in OWC
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.