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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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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - June 2010
Good deep red. Cassis, menthol and game on the nose; comes across as quite youthful, even stunted, and in need of aeration. Cleanly made and quite pure but only moderately ripe, with a cool medicinal reserve to its lively blueberry and herb flavors. Finishes with serious, dusty, slightly drying tannins. Hard to believe that this will gain with more time in bottle owing to its finishing dryness, and yet I suspect some time in the decanter would have brought a more pliant texture.