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1994 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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1994 Harlan Estate Red Wine Napa Valley

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

Expert Reviews

98 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - June 2010

Deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines dark fruits, exotic Asian spices, coffee, violet and a leathery nuance. Extraordinarily pure, concentrated and youthful, with a juicy intensity of flavor that's almost painful today. The endless, slowly building finish features noble tannins and fruit, mineral and spice notes that refuse to quit. This extraordinary wine strikes me as virtually ageless: I can see coming back to it in another ten years and still finding it short of its peak.

97 Points | Wine Spectator
100 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Outstanding!
01/17/2004
by mjjohnson99
I drank this along side a 1995 Ch. Margaux and the 1994 Harlan was the winner by a long shot (and the Margaux was excellent as well). The balance was amazing and the finish was long and soft. Save this one for a very special occasion (as if the price didn't already dictate that!).
The Big Boy from Napa
04/05/2000
by Stephane Castera
Harlan Estate! What is left to say about it. Well, it's good, but Chateau Latour is good too. Do you drink a young Latour in a good year? Let's say, 1961. Would you have drunk 1961 Latour in 1970 or would you wait until now?! People do say that California is no Bordeaux, but, well, Harlan is. That's why I may wait a bit to drink such a rare jewel from Harlan Estate. The wine is big, huge, intense and concentrated. Tannin is big and balanced. The fruit is very present, but the wine need so much more time. So, be patient and drink St Mambert from Pauillac if you want to have fun !
Good but not an ager for me
12/05/2004
by Novak10890087
Look Harlan is a good solid wine that deserves about 92+ for a rating. When I left a bottle out, it quickly gave up the ghost, which is a tip-off to me that the stuff doesn't age as well as some people have been saying. I have a couple of cases of this if anyone is interested.

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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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