1999 Harlan 750ml

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1999 Harlan

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International Wine Cellar | 96(+?)

Full medium ruby. Superripe, deep nose offers currant, plum, black cherry, truffle, smoke, meat and cedary spices. A wine of great sweetness and flavor intensity; remarkably suave in spite of its great solidity. Offers an almost liqueur-like ripeness and great density but sound acids keep the wine lively. Palate-staining aftertaste features substantial tongue-dusting but fine tannins. As extraordinary as the nearly confectionery, more roasted Harlan Estate '97 is, this wine may well have more verve.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Advocate | 92

The 1999 Harlan Estate (1,700 cases) reveals moderately intense aromatics of sweet vanilla, menthol, espresso, chocolate, and cassis. The wine is medium to full-bodied, suave, and elegant. It is more restrained and not as intense as previous vintages, reflecting 1999's cool growing season. Nevertheless, this is still an outstanding wine. The finish is long, elegant, and Bordeaux-like. It is not as prodigious as the Harlans produced between 1991 and 1998. I would rank it behind all those wines. The objective at Harlan is simple...low yields, ripe fruit, no razzle dazzle in terms of fermentation, a natural upbringing, and bottling without clarification.

Drink Dates: 2002-2016


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Wine Spectator | 94

Intense aromas of cassis and crushed berries with hints of vanilla. Full-bodied, round and very ripe and rich. Chewy and long. Loads of ripe fruit and coconut. This needs time.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 96
Author: Mark Fox
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 11/19/2012
Score: 96
Author: Lellman2
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 06/03/2012
Always a winner. Complex wine great dark fruit. Long elegant finish.
Score: 94
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/17/2011
Drink Dates: 2009-2019
Rich and sexy: Black fruit, plum and pepper on the nose. The tannins are fully evolved, sweet and smooth. The finish is long. This wine has reached it's peak of maturity
Score: 95
Author: Dan McD
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/26/2010
Score: 92
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Drink Dates: (02-16)

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About This Producer


Harlan Estate, owned by Bill Harlan, is located in the western hills of Oakville. Harlan is known for its commitment to creating a wine that is a California "First Growth," on par with those of the old world. The entire estate consists of 240 acres, including a homestead and plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Consulting oenologist Michel Rolland and winemaker Bob Levy lead the production of Harlan's wines, producing two Bordeaux-style blends: Harlan Estate's namesake proprietary red and "The Maiden." These wines have been received to great acclaim by reviewers and collectors alike, commanding high prices and a competitive waiting list. Both wines are complex, full-bodied and have the ability to age for decades. With an opulent style, rich with dense fruit and elements of black currant, spice, and minerals, Harlan is both graceful and elegant, ranking it among the top tier of California Cabernet producers.

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