“The latest project under the Harlan team, Promontory focuses on an 80+ acre vineyard located southwest of Oakville, south of Harlan Estate and on the east-facing slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. Like everything done by his team, no expense has been spared and they produce a single cuvée based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon, with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These are big, rich, concentrated wines no too dissimilar from the Harlan Estate releases, yet they have their own distinct style.” – Jeb Dunnuck
“Promontory is truly a world apart from the Napa Valley that most people experience. Within this secluded canyon there are two distinct fault lines, roughly demarcating the boundaries between volcanic, sedimentary, and metamorphic soils. This diverse geology is stretched across 500 feet of elevation, on a multitude of dramatic slopes and panoramic exposures.
Less than ten percent of the land is under vine, weaving an intricate patchwork among the wild expanse of forest and woodlands. This natural landscape, along with the warmth of the rock-studded western exposure, invites morning fog and slightly cooler air to fill its narrow canyon on an almost daily basis.” – Cory Empting, Winemaker
WA:98 “Deep garnet-purple in color, it has sprung to life since I last tasted it, prancing out of the glass with showy red currant jelly, black cherry compote and warm cassis notes plus hints of cinnamon toast, wilted roses, unsmoked cigars and fragrant earth. Full-bodied, the palate is rich and impactful, featuring layer upon layer of red and black fruits with loads of mineral sparks. The structure is rock-solid with firm, rugged tannins that are beginning to come into line with the flamboyant fruit, finishing with great length and a lively lift.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
JD:98 “I was lucky enough to be able to taste a small vertical for this report. Starting with the 2015 Estate, this is still youthful and unevolved, but wow, it’s nevertheless a brilliant wine. Gorgeous notes of currants, mulberries, and black cherry fruits as well as lots of tapenade and leafy herb notes define the bouquet, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, sweet, polished tannins, and a great finish. It can be enjoyed today but won’t hit prime time for another 3-4 years. It should evolve for decades.” – Jeb Dunnuck