1997 Harlan Estate Red Wine Napa Valley

1997 Harlan Estate Red Wine Napa Valley

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100 Points Wine Advocate
97 Points Wine Spectator

Customer Ratings

Based on 9 ratings
Best of the best

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

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

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

About Harlan Estate

Producer Facts

Winery Name

Harlan Estate

Web Site

https://harlanestate.com/

Napa Valley 1997

The 1997 vintage was one that had Napa growers smiling from ear to ear. They brought in a large crop of excellent quality, with 144,000 tons harvested compared to an average of 121,000 tons over the preceding decade. The optimum growing conditions over the summer and through the harvest produced wines that are superbly concentrated, dense, rich, and powerful yet balanced.

The growing season got off to an early start with bud break coming a month early in the warm late-winter and spring conditions. The vines seemed to shrug off a little rain that fell in early June. The summer was warm but not too hot, with one heat spike in early August, followed by moderate to cool temperatures, to slow ripening. September conditions were excellent — the grapes had a long period of ripening without any heat spikes, allowing growers to wait to pick at optimum ripeness. It is one of the greatest vintages of the decade, with wines that are firmly in their prime today. They have incredible extract, depth, and structure, with solid, dense fruit centers to match.

Key Dates

February
Early bud break, due to dry spring

June
Unexpected rain had little to no effect

May
Flowering

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