2014 Promontory, Napa Valley, California, USA

2014 Promontory, Napa Valley, California, USA

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2014 Promontory, Napa Valley, California, USA

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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.

Drink 2022 - 2039

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (December 2018)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous100/100

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.

Drink 2022 - 2039

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (December 2018)

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Wine Advocate99/100

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Promontory bursts from the glass with bold, brazen notions of crushed blackcurrants, black raspberries, wild blueberries and redcurrant jelly with a compelling perfume of rose hip tea, sandalwood, unsmoked cigars and dried lavender. Full-bodied, super intense and yet wonderfully ethereal, it has a firm line of very fine-grained tannins, tons of freshness and incredibly vibrant, crunchy fruit, finishing long with bags of energy.

Drink 2020 - 2054

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (September 2019)

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Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20

Nose much more like 2012 than 2013. Savoury dried herbs again and then a certain lusciousness. Lots of sweet ink and quite marked tannin. But good freshness on the finish. Though it’s quite youthful still. Very juicy.

Drink 2021 - 2033

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (May 2020)

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James Suckling99/100

This is a red with such incredible depth and beauty with a tannin structure that just melts into the glass. It’s full body, yet extremely tense and perfectly succulent. Hints of bitter lemon, cedar and dark berry. Pine needle and spice with fresh mushroom. It’s reserved and wonderful. Tension and focus. First vintage aged in all cask. Impressive now but one for the cellar. New classic for Napa. 

Better after 2022

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (December 2019)

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Decanter95/100

There's real exuberance on the nose in this new-release 2014, with splendid yet fresh blackcurrant aromas and considerable elegance too. Rich and full-bodied, but the wine's weight and volume are refined by the fine-grained tannins. Compared to other vintages, this shows moderate acidity but has density and force. Polished and very long.

Drink 2020 - 2040

Stephen Brook, Decanter.com (February 2020)

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Jeb Dunnuck98/100

Starting with the 2014 Promontory, this is a riveting wine in the vintage and will unquestionably be one of the longest-lived as well. Sporting a saturated purple color as well as a rock star nose of ripe blue fruits, crushed rocks, graphite, and leaf pencil, this monster of a wine hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, building tannins, a stacked mid-palate, and a finish that won’t quit. Where most 2014s are already accessible and charming, this needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will be a 40- to 50-year wine.

Drink 2023 - 2063

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (January 2019)

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About this WINE

Promontory

Promontory

Owned by the Harlan family of Harlan Estate, Promontory lies on one of the unique sites in Oakville and represents the next step in Bill Harlan’s plan to establish a wine dynasty in California. Its wines are some of the most sought-after in the world and perfectly represent the power and potential of Napa Valley.

Bill Harlan first stumbled across this land in the 1980s. While its rare metamorphic soils held immense promise, the land had been decimated; the soils were essentially destroyed and robbed of their organic matter.

A regeneration process is still in place at Promontory. Vines are largely untrellised; plots are scattered around the farm and are less domesticated than in many US estates. This gives the Promontory team an astounding range of microclimates and aspects, each imparting a distinct, raw sense of place to the resulting wines.

The team at Promontory employs unusual techniques to coax the best out of their high-altitude vines; vineyards are “mixed pace”, and each vine is allowed to develop at its rate. They also employ “dry farming”, an incredibly rare choice that avoids irrigating crops during a dry season. In this way, they ensure a greater concentration of fruit in their wines and future-proof themselves for summers when water will be in increasingly scarce supply.

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Oakville

Oakville

Oakville is a renowned wine region in the heart of Napa Valley, California, USA. It is considered one of the premier appellations for producing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The favourable climate, diverse soil types, and skilled winemaking practices have contributed to Oakville’s reputation as a top wine-producing area.

The primary grape variety is Cabernet Sauvignon, which thrives in the region’s warm climate and well-drained soils. However, you can also find other Bordeaux varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, as well as some white wine grapes like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Oakville benefits from a Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny days and cool nights. The region’s proximity to San Pablo Bay allows for morning fog, which provides natural cooling, making it ideal for slow grape ripening and flavour development.

The diverse soils add to the complexity of the wines produced. The region features a mix of volcanic, alluvial, and sedimentary soils that offer distinct characteristics to the grapes. The Napa River runs through the area, further enriching the soils with sediment deposits.

Oakville is home to some of the most prestigious and iconic wineries in Napa Valley. Prominent names like Robert Mondavi Winery, Opus One, Far Niente, Screaming Eagle, and Harlan Estate have put Oakville on the world wine map.

Winemakers in Oakville employ various traditional and modern winemaking techniques to ensure the highest quality wines. Careful grape selection, hand harvesting, small-lot fermentations, oak barrel aging, and blending are standard practices used to craft complex and balanced wines.

In recognition of the unique terroir and distinct characteristics of the wines produced, Oakville was designated as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1993. This official appellation status further solidifies the region’s significance in the wine industry.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.

It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.

The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.

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