"The best wine so far (although I suspect the 2015 may ultimately enter the picture as well) is the nearly perfect 2013 Promontory Estate. It is simply richer and fuller, with greater integration of tannin, and tastes spectacular. With an opaque, dense purple color and notes of graphite, wet rocks, blackberry and blueberry fruit, some charcoal, and again, loads of spice and loamy soil nuances, the wine has great intensity, a full-bodied texture, and finely grained, sweet tannin. This is a stunner and again, accessible, but its best days are probably a good decade away, as this could very well turn out to be a 40- to 50-year wine."
(Robert M. Parker, Jr., robertparker.com)
"The 2013 Promontory was utterly spellbinding when I tasted it last year. Since then, it has totally shut down after its recent bottling. Beams of mountain tannin and salinity give the wine its vibrancy, energy and pure mineral-driven intensity. Graphite, leather, game, smoke and dark stone fruit overtones start to take shape, but the 2013 is in no mood to show all of its cards. The 2013 is the most brilliant wine made yet at Promontory, and it has plenty of upside."
(Antonio Galloni, vinous.com)
"Only four inches of rain had fallen from January until the first week in April, when budbreak occurred. While the 2013 vintage will be remembered as an early year, here at Promontory harvest didn’t begin until late September due to the cool air and frequent fog that circulate within the territory. Yields were smaller than average, and ripeness was reached within ideal and measured conditions - allowing us to capture the essence of each block without haste. We harvested the first blocks on September 25th starting with the western ridge, then continued on to the east facing slopes of metamorphic formations and ended October 15th with the lower volcanic blocks. Due to the complexity of soil, exposure, and elevation, nearly 42 passes were made resulting in 30 distinct vinifications. These aged independently in barrel for almost a year before blending, and then entered the large Austrian oak casks to finish aging over the next few years. The solid core of the final blend retained a characteristic levity that we have come to find familiar."
|Anbauregion:||Napa Valley, Oakville Napa Valley|
|Flaschengröße:||75 cl - Bouteille, Normalflasche|
|Typ:||Rotwein Rotwein trocken|
|Ausbau:||für 18 bis 24 Monate in großen Holzfässern aus österreichischer Eiche|
|Rebfläche:||unter Ertrag ca. 10 ha|
|Boden:||Karge Lehm- und Sandböden mit kalkhaltige Sedimenten|
|Alkoholgehalt:||14,0 % vol|
|Bewertung A.Galloni, vinous.com :||97-100/100|
|Abgefüllt von:||Promontory Wine, 1601 Oakville Grade, CA 94562 Oakville|