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Harlan Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 2008

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Wonderful. - Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010

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Harlan Estate:
Set in the western hills of Oakville, rising above the tabled Napa Valley benchlands, the estate is over 240 acres of natural .splendor; oak-studded knolls and valleys, roughly fifteen percent of which are under vine, planted to the classic varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdoc. But more than that it is a family homestead; a place of great inspiration, carved from the raw land, built for generations.

Member Reviews for Harlan Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/02/2011

Wonderful. - Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010

Snooth User: Philip James
4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 10/27/2007

Softer than expected. Still rich, dense dark fruits. Smooth. Long finish with nice tannins. Tasted at the New York Wine Experience

Snooth User: Evil Homer
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/27/2007

Four glasses

Snooth User: RhoneRanger
5.00 5
Vintage: 2002 06/11/2009

Theres a reason this is one of the Blue-Chip wines of Napa. Indeed... It has everything one could ever want in a great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine!!!!!

Snooth User: mjgglt
5.00 5
Vintage: 2001 07/07/2008

Dark berry and earth on the nose. Tastes of black cherry, blueberry, anise, black currant and earth. Firm tannins. Good depth and length. Elegant finish. Very nice.

Snooth User: wife of wino
5.00 5
Vintage: 2001 07/23/2007

Five glasses

Snooth User: Solomon137
4.50 5
Vintage: 2000 02/28/2008

Four and a half glasses

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External Reviews for Harlan Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley

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Vintage: 2007 08/29/2011

The prodigious 2007 Harlan Estate reminds me of a hypothetical blend of the 2002 with a touch of the controversial 1997. Dense plum/purple-colored with sweet aromas of barbecue smoke, blueberries, blackberries, cassis, licorice, hot rocks and subtle oak, it is a splendidly opulent, pure wine with a skyscraper-like texture as well as stunningly deep fruit that expands gracefully across the palate. The finish lasts nearly a full minute. Because of its overwhelming richness and sweet tannins, this brilliant wine seems to be approachable now, but I suspect further nuances and complexity will emerge after 4-5 years in the bottle. This wine will still be going strong at age 25-30. Like the offerings from its sister estate, Bond, these Harlan Estate offerings are uncompromisingly brilliant examples of Napa viticulture and winemaking at its finest. Kudos to proprietor Bill Harlan.

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Vintage: 2005 09/26/2013

Red wine - 2005 - Harlan Estate - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml.

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Vintage: 2005 08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2005 - Harlan Estate - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml.

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Vintage: 2004 10/08/2010

The 2004 Harlan Estate is probably the most precocious and accessible Harlan Estate that this perfectionist team has made. Already compelling, the wine has notes of roasted coffee, charcoal, blackberry, spring flowers, and some background sweet, toasty notes. Dense, fleshy, exuberant, even flamboyant by the standards of Bill Harlan, this wine exhibits no jaggedness or rough edges, has relatively high tannins, but they melt away on the palate. The wine is sensationally well-endowed, long, and rich a tour de force in winemaking. They can do no wrong at Harlan, and it is obvious, even in the most challenging vintages such as 1998, that this estate is a true grand cru/first growth, making wines of irrefutable world-class quality. Of course, none of this comes cheap, as the price is now moving up into the league with Screaming Eagle, but there are no shortage of takers.

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Vintage: 2004 03/09/2009

Very deep garnet-black colour with a purple rim. Though still very youthful and muted, this vintage is already subtly revealing a wide array of aromas including blackberry tart, cedar, violets, truffles, liquorice and all spice. In the mouth however this is no shrinking violet � the �04 is a big, concentrated and highly structured wine with somewhat impenetrable, tightly grained tannins and medium to high acid supporting its rich weight. Very, very long finish displaying hints of savoury earthiness and that signature minerality that appears to surface in better years. Drink 2009 � 2030. Tasted November 2008.

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Vintage: 2003 01/14/2013

Another spectacular Harlan...It shows the earthy quality that marks wines off the estate, with an aroma suggesting a warm bale of hay under the summer sun, a sweet straw and bay laurel scent that adds savory richness to the cherry, blackberry and chocolat

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Vintage: 2002 02/16/2011

I believe the 2001 Harlan Estate and 2002 Harlan Estate s 100 point scores represent the first time I have given perfect ratings to two successive wines produced in the New World. However, the styles of the two wines couldn t be more different as each reflects its particular vintage. The 2001 is a classic, long-lived, backward wine with most of its potential concealed at present. On the other hand, it is impossible to resist the flamboyant, extroverted 2002 Harlan Estate s charm, richness, and overall seductive personality. This profoundly complex wine exhibits notes of cedar, black currant liqueur, scorched earth, smoke, and graphite. Incredibly broad, sweet, full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuous, it literally has everything one could ever want in a great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine. Already drinkable, it promises to evolve effortlessly for 25-30 years. This prodigious offering is worth mortgaging the farm!

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