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1997 Harlan Estate Red Wine Napa Valley
4.88 average rating 9 ratingsrate it
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 94
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 97
 RP
  100
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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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1997 Harlan Estate Red Wine Napa Valley

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

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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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Best of the best
12/20/2006
by The Accountant
Enjoyed in ??? restaurant in Atlanta and at Poggio's in Sausalito. Thanks Steve for turning us on to the '97 Harlan. You're a real pro.
1997 Harlan
05/26/2002
by ZORBA
When first released it seemed overipe and port-like, but six months later it was a different wine, more focused and balanced. S.T.'s review is right on the money.
STEPHEN TANZER
03/22/2001
by STEVEN
May/June 00 Saturated ruby. Liqueur-like superripe nose combines roasted cherry, black raspberry, minerals and Valrhona chocolate; distinctly port-like notes. Voluptuous and huge in the mouth, with explosive fruit bordering on confectionary; flavor of chocolate-covered currants. Much more powerfully structured than the estate second wine but the backbone is hidden under a tidal wave of lush fruit. Endless finish features extraordinarily fine, suave tannins. Like the '97 Bryant Family Vineyard cabernet, this freakishly ripe wine reminds me of a great '47 Pomerol. 97 points

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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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