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1994 Harlan 750ml
1994 Harlan
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1994 Harlan
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 78

Slightly more vibrant saturated ruby-red color. Even deeper and more nuanced aromas of liqueur-like blackcurrant, black olive, violet, minerals, brown spices and floral perfume. In contrast to the (relatively) more laid-back '95, this is almost painfully sweet on entry, with huge extract giving it a three-dimensional texture. More powerfully structured than the '95, but as large as it is, it retains near-perfect balance. Explosive finishing fruit covers the rich, sweet tannins.

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Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

From The Purple Notebook ? California Dinner at Gidleigh Park.Much more acidity evident. Drier, more explosive. Dry finish - slightly too dry? The Monte Bello is better and costs a quarter of this!

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker

What can I say about the 1994? I have tasted the wine for three consecutive years, and each time it satisfied all of my requirements for perfection. The opaque purple color is followed by spectacular aromatics that soar from the glass, offering up celestial levels of black currants, minerals, smoked herbs, cedar wood, coffee, and pain grille. In the mouth, this seamless legend reveals full body, and exquisite layers of phenomenally pure and rich fruit, followed by a 40+ second finish. While accessible, the 1994 begs for another 5-7 years of cellaring. It should easily last for 30+ years. Every possible jagged edge - acidity, alcohol, tannin, and wood - is brilliantly intertwined in what seems like a diaphanous format. What is so extraordinary about this large-scaled wine, with its dazzling display of aromatics and prodigious flavors and depth, is that it offers no hint of heaviness or coarseness. Harlan's 1994 comes close to immortality in the glass. Much of this wine will be sold to the winery's mailing list customers. If you miss out on the 1994, try and get on the waiting list for future vintages. While perfect wines are few and far between, history has taught me that wineries with such lofty aspirations as Harlan Estate will continue to push the envelop of quality.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Wonderful raspberry and vanilla aromas, with lots of currants. Full-bodied, with lots of ripe fruit and round tannins. Chewy and very rich. Still needs some time to mellow.

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Community Reviews


StuTarheel Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 09/24/2012 Drink Dates: 2012-2020

Ok, I do not know what a 100-point wine should taste like, but sipping this extraordinary wine one characterisitic hit me and that was how incredibly well-balanced this wine is. It is a perfectly tuned ochestra with all the qualities you look for playing their part expertly. Delicious core of ripe blackberry, black raspberry and black currant fruit. Framed beautifully by finely grained tannins. Notes of earth, chalk and spicebox emerge on the mid-palate. Everything comes together on a long, silky, elegant finish that caresses the palate. You sit there and savor this finish after every sip. Wow. A truly special wine (and my only bottle).


taipanli Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 03/05/2012

Drunk over the span of a 4 hour lazy lunch. I brought 3 different bottles and asked my friend to pick a number and that we drink the wine blind. Fyi the other bottles were a 2002 Ridge Monte Bello and a 2002 Abreu Thorevilos - clearly my friend hit the right number! The following note was from memory before we were told which wine had been drunk: No decant. Initial aromas of cherry, pain grillé, sweetness reverberated from the glass with a touch of acidity. The palate was somewhat disjointed with a great initial sharp thrust, followed by a lull, and then a teasing, promising finish. Upon the first bite of food (carpaccio w/ truffle), this came to life as if the food caused all the components to mesh into a seamless, unctuous, delicious wine. With time, the flavors kept soaring (no descriptives as we were deeply entrenched in conversation) and the wine just kept improving. I was more than happy to chew on the sediment which found its way into my glass! As state by others, the appearance and exuberance of this wine defy it's age and you'd be forgiven for believing this was less than 10 years old. This is a very special wine and I will make it a point to follow it every so often. In light of $1,000+ bottles of 2009 Bordeaux, I'm more than happy opening ready to drink (and with years of life ahead) 1994 Harlans. 50+10+9+20+10=99+


Behruz Nassre Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 08/17/2009

MikeA Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 03/14/2009

Delicious!!! Amazing complexity. The rich fruit is still there but buried under tons of earth, eucalytus, and savory spice. Not decanted but drank over about 3 hours. Amazing to watch this change. And to simply breathe it over and over was amazing


winefolio Trust Rating: 81 Tasted On: 03/04/2009 Drink Dates: (02-27)

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