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About Harlan Estate
In 1983, when Bill Harlan bought an estate in a steep, forested area of Oakville, his aim was to create a Napa Valley First Growth. Whether he has come that far is open to argument, but he certainly has come close.
88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - June 2010
Full red. Currant, menthol, marzipan and dried herbs on the nose. Silky on entry, then a bit green in the middle palate, with celery and pepper notes plus a whiff of maderization. Perhaps not a representative bottle: the team agreed that recent bottles of this vintage have been fresher and deeper, although long-time winemaker Bob Levy noted that this wine has always been viewed as a rather soft example of Harlan Estate, and that it's entirely possible future bottles will resemble this one.