Harlan Estate

Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend

9.550 ratings
9.420 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
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9.6

Deep medium ruby with no sign of development. Musky aromas of blackberry, blueberry, soy sauce and licorice; almost liqueur-like. Huge, savory and utterly silky on entry, then plush and superconcentrated in the middle palate, boasting blackberry, licorice and mineral flavors of incredible intensity and penetrating sweetness. Utterly palate-staining in its breadth. Leaves the palate vibrating with black fruits and licorice pastille. When I originally tasted this wine from barrel, I noted that it was one of the greatest California Cabernets I had tasted to that point. This massive, three-dimensional wine finishes with huge, noble tannins and outstanding rising length. I suspect it's just embarking on its plane of peak drinkability, which might last another two decades. This may be the longest Cabernet of the 2001 vintage. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, June 2020)

Deep medium ruby with no sign of development. Musky aromas of blackberry, blueberry, soy sauce and licorice; almost liqueur-like. Huge, savory and utterly silky on entry, then plush and superconcentrated in the middle palate, boasting blackberry, licorice and mineral flavors of incredible intensity and penetrating sweetness. Utterly palate-staining in its breadth. Leaves the palate vibrating with black fruits and licorice pastille. When I originally tasted this wine from barrel, I noted that it was one of the greatest California Cabernets I had tasted to that point. This massive, three-dimensional wine finishes with huge, noble tannins and outstanding rising length. I suspect it's just embarking on its plane of peak drinkability, which might last another two decades. This may be the longest Cabernet of the 2001 vintage. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, June 2020)

Jun 25th, 2020
Bill Bender

Paired with dry aged ribeyes it was sexy synergy. Some may have been surprised by the lack of huge dominant character but I thought this was a truly integrated, perfectly aged first growth Napa. Balance, finesse, dense dark fruit, bell pepper, sage and chocolate mocha.

Paired with dry aged ribeyes it was sexy synergy. Some may have been surprised by the lack of huge dominant character but I thought this was a truly integrated, perfectly aged first growth Napa. Balance, finesse, dense dark fruit, bell pepper, sage and chocolate mocha.

Jul 25th, 2016
Greg Gregory

Maybe an off bottle? Acidity gone. Blueberry liqueur like. Underwhelmed.

Maybe an off bottle? Acidity gone. Blueberry liqueur like. Underwhelmed.

Feb 20th, 2016
Yoon Ha

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

9.6

Super tasty and soooo easy to drink. Not the most contemplative experience but so shamefully good. Pitch perfect for what it's supposed to be at 15 years.

Super tasty and soooo easy to drink. Not the most contemplative experience but so shamefully good. Pitch perfect for what it's supposed to be at 15 years.

Jun 12th, 2015
Samantha Breton

From a Magnum

From a Magnum

Feb 21st, 2015
Brittany Hastings

2004, 2008, 2009

2004, 2008, 2009

Feb 2nd, 2015
Miguel de Leon

Service Director/Wine Educator Casa Mono

9.0

Dense, inky, and a little slutty. Can sit with this wine for days, have it watch Netflix and grow old with me.

Dense, inky, and a little slutty. Can sit with this wine for days, have it watch Netflix and grow old with me.

Oct 26th, 2014
Jennifer Brown

Buyer PLCB-Luxury Division

9.6

100 points Merry Christmas to me

100 points Merry Christmas to me

Dec 22nd, 2013
Bob Bressler

Founder/Vintner Bressler Vineyards

If you have to drink a Cabernet, this one doesn't suck

If you have to drink a Cabernet, this one doesn't suck

Aug 28th, 2016
Alvaro Bustillos

Tasting night at element 47

Tasting night at element 47

Jun 21st, 2018