About Harlan Estate
Harlan Estate Facts
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. A slew of 100-point scores from Robert Parker have catapulted the wine's reputation, not to mention its price tag, since the first vintage was released in 1996.
Varietals Produced at Harlan Estate
Harlan's boldly flavored, multi-layered and expensive red wine comes from a 40 acre vineyard, planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The flagship wine, one of the bluest of California's blue-chip collectibles, is sumptuous and powerful but also elegant and very complex, capable of aging 25-30 years. The Maiden, Harlan's second wine displays many of the characteristics of its big sister, but is a little easier on the wallet.