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Promontory Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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  • WS 95
  • WA 100
  • DEC 98
  • JD 99
  • JS 100
  • VIN 99
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    Initially subtle, aromas of wet rock along with native flora and lichen emerge vividly, mingling with airy notes of the forest canopy. Wrapped in extremely fine tannin, the structure of this vintage evokes the image of a cathedral: intricate stone, cool to the touch, draws attention upward to soaring arches filled with light. The flow over the palate is elevated by this luminous, detailed structure, to where the wine feels almost weightless. As we are finding to be typical of Promontory, a mineral drive sustains and focuses its path into a lasting finish. Even now, the 2016 vintage achieves a natural elegance, while its energy and stature promise a long and storied lifetime ahead.

    6 reviews for Promontory Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    1. WS

      Shows solid structure and a slightly reticent, dark fruit profile, with currant, fig and blackberry notes allied to a graphite edge, while tobacco and melted black licorice fill in through the finish. This offers sneaky depth and is still in need of some cellaring. 

    2. WA

      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.

    3. DEC

      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.

    4. JD

      The 2016 Estate is pure perfection and a legend in the making. Featuring incredible purity of fruit as well as powerful notes of crème de cassis, gravelly earth, cedar pencil, and chocolate, it has the fresher, pure, classic style of this great vintage front and center. With full-bodied richness and depth, it has an almost Château Latour-like stature and majestic quality, and it should have a similar evolution, requiring 7-8 years to hit its early drink window yet evolve for 20-30 years or more.

    5. JS

      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. VIN

      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.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 95
    Wine Spectator
    Shows solid structure and a slightly reticent, dark fruit profile, with currant, fig and blackberry notes allied to a graphite edge, while tobacco and melted black licorice fill in through the finish. This offers sneaky depth and is still in need of some cellaring. 
    WA 100
    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.
    DEC 98
    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.
    JD 99
    Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2016 Estate is pure perfection and a legend in the making. Featuring incredible purity of fruit as well as powerful notes of crème de cassis, gravelly earth, cedar pencil, and chocolate, it has the fresher, pure, classic style of this great vintage front and center. With full-bodied richness and depth, it has an almost Château Latour-like stature and majestic quality, and it should have a similar evolution, requiring 7-8 years to hit its early drink window yet evolve for 20-30 years or more.
    JS 100
    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.
    VIN 99
    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.

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