Friday, August 19, 2016
Nothing makes our job as Bounty Hunters more fun than getting a peek behind the curtain at an exciting new winery. Last week our buying team had the pleasure of meeting with Will Harlan of Promontory Estate. He gave us a tour of his family’s winery under construction and a tasting of recent releases, which we will be thrilled to offer you in September.
Promontory Estate is an isolated little canyon high above Yountville and Oakville, and is just to the south of Harlan Estate as the crow flies. It’s one of the rare outcrops of metamorphic rock in the typically igneous, volcanic Napa Valley. The vineyard produces a wine of power and intensity that the Harlans tame with a 4 year-rest in French oak vats before bottling, a method reminiscent of a top Barolo estate.
The 2009 and 2011 wines were stunning, world-beating examples of Cabernet Sauvignon of uncommon beauty. Bill, Will, and winemaker Cory Empting have exacting standards, and it shows. Thanks for letting us in for a sneak preview of this project!