2005 Harlan 750ml

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2005 Harlan

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International Wine Cellar | 97

Full bright ruby. A black hole of a nose: cassis, black raspberry, mocha and licorice, with a suggestion of almost roasted fruits. Then utterly palate-saturating, with a distinctly layered texture to the dark fruit and mineral flavors. Impeccably balanced, fresh wine with a spectacular slow-building finish that coats the palate with a flavor of black raspberry. A knockout.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 96+

The 2005 Harlan Estate, which is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a few of the other Bordeaux varietals blended in, is a brilliant wine, and reminds me of a hypothetical blend of a top Pauillac and a wine such La Mission Haut-Brion from Pessac Leognan. Dense purple in color, with a nose of graphite, smoky embers, creme de cassis, and hints of truffle and underbrush, the wine shows fabulous fruit intensity, full body, sweet, silky tannins, good, vibrant acidity, and a stunning, seamless, long finish that clocks in at about 45-50 seconds.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | 94

Dense and earthy, with savory herb, dried currant, spice, mint and cedary oak flavors, all tightly wound, compact and concentrated, yet with a seam of elegance and finesse. Very intense and powerful.

Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Author: James Laube


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Score: 96
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 05/03/2014
Still has plenty of youthful exuberance, dark cherry, blackberry flavor profile, tannins are moderate. Moderate length finish. Well made with years to go.
Score: 94
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/23/2012
decanted for 1.5 hrs, completely closed. Suggest to let this age for at least 10+ years.
Score: 94
Author: JLANDAULA
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/30/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2018
Dense and earthy, with savory herb, dried currant, spice, mint and cedary oak flavors, all tightly wound, compact and concentrated, yet with a seam of elegance and finesse. Very intense and powerful. Best from 2011 through 2018. 1,850 cases made.
Score: 96
Author: Todd W59
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/10/2012
Black / deep red color with perhaps just a tinge of remaining purple. The nose is a combination of smoke, spice and black fruit with a hint of vanilla. On the palate there is good balance of fruit, acid and tannin; there is a richness of flavors, with a moderate to long finish. Tannins should continue to smooth-out over next several years.
Score: 96
Author: GrapesofWrath
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/05/2010
Excellent wine, but I would still give it another 2-5 years in the bottle before drinking more. Strong and tight, but the makings of a 95+ wine are there. Great black fruits and delicious tannic finish.

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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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