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1997 Harlan 750ml
1997 Harlan
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1997 Harlan
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 90

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.

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Wine Advocate

The 1997 Harlan Estate is one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines I have ever tasted. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this enormously-endowed, profoundly rich wine must be tasted to be believed. Opaque purple-colored, it boasts spectacular, soaring aromatics of vanilla, minerals, coffee, blackberries, licorice, and cassis. In the mouth, layer after layer unfold powerfully yet gently. Acidity, tannin, and alcohol are well-balanced by the wine's unreal richness and singular personality. The finish exceeds one minute.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Powerful aromas of currants, dried fruits and cedar, with a hints of treacle tart. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit and fabulous berry, currant, coconut flavors. Lasts for minutes. Spellbinding. Enjoyable now, but will improve for decades. The twin to 2000 Latour.

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Community Reviews


G Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 09/27/2013


Carlo L Trust Rating: 90 Tasted On: 06/13/2011

Nectar of the gods...


winefolio Trust Rating: 81 Tasted On: 03/04/2009


Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/20/2003 Drink Dates: 2007+

The '97 has always impressed me mainly because of its power rather than grace and elegance. While the '97 still shows enormous strength (greater in magnitude then even the '94), time has begun to work its magic. Today, the ?97 shows increasingly more suppleness without losing one iota of its power. Prior tastings of the '97 have revealed potential VA problems. This wine showed VA as well but the VA disappeared after about an hour after the wine began to be served. The moral of the story is let the '97 decant for at least eight hours prior to service. At present, the wine is rather monolithic on the palate with espresso and dark chocolate laced enormous fruit. Give it at least another decade in the cellar to let the wine?s flavor profile continue to develop.

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