Red

2015 Promontory Red Wine

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 9, 2021 - Decanted for an hour, then drank over the next two hours. Deep purple almost black. At first mostly dark fruit aroma then more tar like. First two glasses were the best with concentrated yet nicely balanced blue and black fruit and a touch of spice. Later more smoke and gravel and eapecially mineral notes. Last glass closed up some with green pepper. A very good if not excellent wine, but whereas when I drink a Harlan I know I am getting a rather unique profile the Promontory comes across a bit more pedestrian, like a very well made Cab blend. This reminded me a lot of Bevan or Scarecrow (for the concentrated yet elegant fruit) or even just one of the top St Estephe in a warm year. Maybe this gains a point if some of the heat dissipates in a few years. Not worth the price of admission IMHO.

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  • eschuldt wrote: 98 points

    September 29, 2021 - Compared to the ‘15 Cariad consumed the night before, this was on another level. As others have described an incredible nose, nice integration and beautiful mouth feel.

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  • Cyclist Likes this wine: 99 points

    August 7, 2021 - This was as wild and wonderful as I remember tasting at the estate. Tight but unwinding structure, gravel, fine tannins, and explosive fruit all made choreographed appearances in this production. This was both untamed, yet incredibly elegant. Promontory always has this wild elegance to it, I’ve never tasted anything else like it in the valley still. This was decanted for ~3 hours and definitely could have used several more. Huge upside in 3-10 years. This will probably last decades 99+

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 97 points

    July 27, 2021 - Vice Versa weekend and dinner: Refined and acutely polished, the 2015 Promontory showed even better than when I had it back in April. Sophisticated red berry fruit and tobacco notes initially load the front end with classicism and judicious restraint, but come mid-palate, the profile shifts to a more purple/black contour, deepening as it rides through its expansion of flavor. Purity of fruit is off-the-charts. It remains somewhat tight throughout consumption, but it never becomes rigid or sterile. Its nucleus is just rock solid and serious business. Subtle herbs, graphite, and dust notes add additional interest. A great showing tonight with this bottle and one of the wines of the night (just barely overshadowed by a 2012 Harlan – go figure). Hold the Promontory for now. Try again in 5+ years. 97+ points.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 95 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): At the French Laundry. Red berry fruit, unsmoked cigar, leather, and additional deeper plum notes make for a more sophisticated delivery of flavor, especially when served side-by-side with the bombastic 2013 Realm Crane. The Promontory clearly has a redder fruit profile, less perception of alcohol, more cut and nerve, and better scaffolding overall. The sophistication is evident, though at times I thought it was somewhat taut and reserved (which was actually a HUGE benefit when it came to pairing it with the food). Finishes with class and refinement.

    I think this wine could use another 5+ years minimum in bottle to fill out and come into its optimum form. Decanting helped to expand and deepen its flavors, but it didn’t budge a ton over the course of a few hours. Bringing it to room temperature didn’t help to improve its delivery. In fact, for anyone considering popping this now, I’d certainly recommend service at continued cellar temperature. Hold for now. 95-96+ points, with certain upside after 2026+.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Promontory
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Red Wine
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 187 (8%)
  • In Cellars 1,983 (88%)
  • Consumed 76 (3%)

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