International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96Full 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 TanzerIssue: May/June 2002
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Intense 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.Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The 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.
Self | Rating:Author: Herman Tim
Self | Rating: 92Drink Dates: (02-16)Author: winefolio
Self | Rating: 95Author: Dan McD
Self | Rating: 96Author: Mark Fox
Self | Rating: 96Always a winner. Complex wine great dark fruit. Long elegant finish.Author: Lellman2
Self | Rating: 98Definitely improved with age, intense dark fruit but with softening tannins and long finish. Spiciness to nose. Good young but great at current age.Author: Johnnymd
Self | Rating: 96Reminiscent of the 1991, the '99 cuts a Burgundian rather feminine profile of effusive blackberry and cassis fruit intertwined with mocha and toasty oak. With eight hours of decanting, the wine is surprisingly approachable now but will repay at least a decade of aging. Well concealed tannins and virtually perfect acidity give the '99 an excellent platform on which to build further complexity over time.Author: Daniel B
Self | Rating: 94Rich 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 maturityDrink Dates: 2009-2019Author: Conrad K
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 2027 bottles owned
- 393 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 393 collectors)