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2012 Harlan Estate Red Wine Napa Valley
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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.

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2012 Harlan Estate Red Wine Napa Valley

Producer: Harlan Estate
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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95-97 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

(this wine had been racked to tank on the morning of my visit):  Full, bright ruby.  Superripe, slightly high-toned aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice, with a brightening note of minerality.  Silky, dense and large-scaled but extremely primary and imploded, showing outstanding cut and lift to its dark berry and mineral flavors.  A juicy minty note gives additional lift to this seriously plush, concentrated wine.  Finishes with huge but noble tongue-saturating tannins and outstanding length.  Great potential here.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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