Bright saturated ruby. Wild aromas of cassis, tar, ash and graphite. Much less sweet and powerful than the 2010 and quite imploded today (winemaker Empting says it's strongly affected by the bottling a month prior to my visit), but dense and sappy nevertheless, showing lovely lift and precision to the middle palate. A relatively wide range of ripeness gives this wine terrific complexity. Less full than the 2010 but the serious tannins are still quite suave. A fascinating wine, and an outstanding 2011 in the making.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2014
Vinous | Rating: 95
Soaring aromatics and beams of tannin give the 2011 Proprietary Red its signature feel. The 2011 is never going to be a huge wine, but it is vivid and exceptionally beautiful. A host of pine, menthol, tobacco, licorice and savory herb nuances lift to this soaring, exquisite hillside Cabernet Sauvignon.
Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The 2011 Promontory exhibits a dense purple color, more density and richness than I predicted from barrel, a big, sweet nose of licorice, scorched earth, espresso bean, camphor and sweet blackcurrants and blackberries. A Graves-like volcanic character is also present. Rich, full-bodied and in need of 3-4 years of cellaring (unusual for a 2011), it should drink well for two decades or more.