2000 Harlan Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 91 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51563-2000-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    A tremendous wine. Dense, tight and chewy, with firm, mouthcoating tannins wrapped around a core of mocha-laced currant and blackberry. Well-focused, precisely balanced and full of concentrated flavors. A great cellar candidate. 1,800 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Deep ruby-red. High-toned aromas of dusty currant, black raspberry, graphite and minerals. Very suave, minerally and vibrant, but less obviously ripe and smaller-scaled than the great '99, which showed explosive aromatics, remarkable breadth and texture, and great inner-mouth energy in early March, meriting 95 points. With a bit less mid-palate thickness and extract, the tannins in this 2000 are more apparent than those of the 1999.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Rating: 91

    I have never been totally convinced by the 2000 Harlan Estate, but now that it's in bottle, it is a very fine offering. The problem is that it must be compared with the other Harlan Estate wines made to date. A Graves-like perfume of roasted coffee, scorched earth, black currants, cedar, and a hint of menthol emerge from this dense dark ruby/purple-colored 2000. Lighter than normal, but medium to full-bodied and elegant, with soft tannin as well as a silky, precocious personality and texture, it can be drunk now and over the next 12 years. Harlan Estate and its perfectionist owner, Bill Harlan, who is backed up by the peerless team of Michel Rolland and Bob Levy, is truly an estate of monumental aspirations that more often than not hits the proverbial bull's eye. None of the wines produced since 1990 has yet reached full maturity. While the 2000 is their lightest vintage to date, it is no wimpy wine. As I have written so many times before, what makes Harlan such a singular tasting experience is that while it is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated offering from the hillsides above the Oakville Corridor, and it obviously has the power and extraordinary ripeness afforded by Napa Valley's favorable viticultural climate, it has a degree of complexity that is only shared by a handful of other California Cabernet-based wines, and the finest Bordeaux. Harlan Estate represents exactly what a genius owner, who suffers no fools, and refuses to make any compromises, is capable of achieving...is that a surprise?
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: (03-15)
    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating:

    Big and full. A remarkable wine.
    Author: fred2288
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Dark fruit but tart with short finish. Not worth the price.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Medium black cherry red colored wine with thick and translucent legs. Aromas of slight caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, and light oak shadings. Slightly alcoholic on the palate with amorphous fruit and oak. Lacks structure and acidity is slightly elevated. Moderate tannins. A very primary and slightly simple wine ? very disappointing. The worst Harlan Estate ever produced. This wine should never have been released as Harlan Estate.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2011
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 89

    nice balance and good structure! black fruit , sweet.
    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Pleasant and reasonably balanced, I missed the fruit of a younger Harlan. Fine, smooth tannins. This was my third bottle of the 2000, and I felt that it was past its peak, if still a very nice wine. Full disclosure note: the |old wine| fans in my tasting group thought this was still too young to drink.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Tight, concentrated and compact, showing dried currant, berry and mineral character, with tannins that frame the flavors. Ends with a black cherry and blackberry fruitiness. This was a cool, drawn-out year.--Non-blind Harlan retrospective (2010). Drink now through 2016. 1,800
    Drink Dates: 2012-2016
    Author: JLANDAULA
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2114 bottles owned
  • 442 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 442 collectors)