1999 Harlan Estate

  • 92 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 51563-1999

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
  • Self | Rating:

    Author: Herman Tim
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: (02-16)
    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Dan McD
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Mark Fox
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Always a winner. Complex wine great dark fruit. Long elegant finish.
    Author: Lellman2
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Definitely 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: 96

    Reminiscent 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: 94

    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
    Drink Dates: 2009-2019
    Author: Conrad K
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2027 bottles owned
  • 393 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 393 collectors)