2002 Harlan 750ml

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2002 Harlan

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International Wine Cellar | 98(+?)

Deep medium ruby. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, blackberry, candied violet, licorice pastille, black pepper and a suggestion of dusty earth. Like a liquid confection in the mouth: thick and sweet yet almost magically shapely and fresh. The longest, most inexorably palate-staining wine of my tour of the North Coast in early March: this lost no strength in my mouth after I had spit it. Damn near close to perfect wine; only my own refusal to give a perfect score to a wine that's still a decade or more short of its peak kept my score down. Bill Harlan, incidentally, compares the 2002 vintage to the 1995, which is showing spectacularly today. (I was able to retaste the extraordinary 2001, which is perhaps even more classic than the 2002 if not quite as extravagantly thick, with slightly more roasted yet sappy aromas and flavors of crystallized berries, minerals, tar and licorice, and great inner-mouth energy and persistence. This very backward wine has the acid/tannin spine to evolve in bottle for 15 to 20 years. On my latest tasting I rated it 96(+?).

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Jancis Robinson | 19

Luxurious red velvet look with a deep brick rim. Extremely voluptuous and flattering ? essence of Napa Valley and the richest form of Cabernet Sauvignon ? obviously pretty alcoholic but reined in on the finish. Really caresses the palate. Round and rich. Fleshy and opulent. Positively slides over the palate with just a hint of tea leaves on the finish which keeps it refreshing. Harlan has arguably perfected the art of producing Napa Valley Cabernet that is nothing at all like red bordeaux but succeeds on its own terms.

Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 100

The extraordinary Harlan Estate, which I awarded 100 points seven years ago, offers no justifiable reason to doubt its perfect score. It is still a baby, with an inky purple color and notes of smoky camphor intermixed with creme de cassis, Asian soy and a hint of cedar beginning to emerge as well as some espresso and subtle damp forest floor notes. The wine has awesome intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, a skyscraper-like texture, and a finish that goes on for close to a minute. This is a perfect wine, still youthful and young, and not even in full adolescence as of 2012. It has 40 or more years ahead of it, but should hit its plateau of full maturity in another 5-10 years. It is certainly one of the most showy , flamboyant and remarkable Harlan Estates made to date. (More recently, the 2007 tends to resemble this wine more than any other vintage I can think of.) Kudos to Bill Harlan!

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | 94

Offers a core of rich dark berry, sour cherry, black licorice, loamy earth and dried berry flavors. Full-bodied, firmly tannic, yet deep and concentrated, almost too young in this tasting.

Drink Dates: 2012-2024
Author: James Laube


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Score: 98
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 06/12/2011
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0 of 2 people found this review useful.

Score: 100
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/02/2011
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Subtle but intense deep fruit nose. Wine is beautifully balanced and complimented meal despite concentration. Tannins are lush and finish is very long. Probably best Napa cab I have tasted.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

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Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2005-2035

0 of 2 people found this review useful.

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Author: fred2288
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 06/03/2009
An incredible taste in every way. Had a little the next night, and it was even better. Took that long to open.

3 of 3 people found this review useful.

Score: 100
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009

0 of 3 people found this review useful.

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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