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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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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - June 2010
Deep ruby-red. Cassis, menthol and brown sugar on the nose, with a whiff of hard candy; not at all advanced or oxidative. Very rich, sweet and young, with a slightly high-toned character in the mouth and uncanny density of texture. Not the last word in finesse but this is an excellent bottle. This is the Harlan Estate vintage that in my experience has shown the greatest variation through the years, with some bottles coming across as distinctly port-like in their (over)ripeness, showing volatile aromatics if not suggestions of incipient oxidation. While I have yet to taste a bottle as good as the one I wrote up in my original review of this wine, the current sample at the vertical tasting was way less extreme than other recent bottles that have come my way.
97 Points | Wine Spectator
100 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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