2001 Harlan Estate

  • 100 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 51563-2001

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Deep ruby. Roasted black fruits, leather, licorice, bitter chocolate and mint on the complex, youthfully medicinal nose. Hugely sweet, fat and pliant, with solid structure currently covered by baby fat. The wine's brilliant vinosity became more apparent as it opened in the glass. Finishes with noble, sweet tannins and superb palate-staining persistence. A compellingly layered, deep wine that's likely to develop in bottle for 15 or 20 years. I kept raising my score as I went back for yet another taste, and yet it's possible that the 2002 will be even better.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Firm and intense, with gripping tannins wrapped around dark berry, black licorice, graphite, cedar and tar. Slow to unfold but does so impressively, gaining strength, depth and vitality; appears a great candidate to go another 10 to 15 years with ease. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2025. 1,250 cases made.'J.L.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2025
    Author: James Laube
    Issue: Web Only - 2011
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Heady and rich - and very flattering on the nose. Hint of malt and chocolate. Surely this has to be US?ÿ Alcohol on the finish but this is a wine that is impossible to spit. Manages to beguile and not bad complexity. The most flattering wine of all on the palate in terms of texture but still appetising on the end. The tannins which are there are almost hidden. Very, veryÿslightly tart on the finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    This wine, which first debuted in 1990, has probably garnered more perfect scores than any other Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2001 is just entering a young adolescent stage of development, exhibiting extraordinary nuances such as sweet, loamy soil and earthy minerality intermixed with some background smoke, black currant liqueur, plum, Asian spice and new saddle leather. Full-bodied, it possesses great intensity, with stunning flavors that are viscous enough to coat the mouth, but never become heavy or overbearing. The wine has a remarkable purity, concentration and intensity that should carry it for another 30+ years. This is already very promising, and for those who own it, I would suggest a good two to three hours of decanting prior to service.
    Drink Dates: 2011 - 2041
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 195
  • Vinous | Rating: 98

    One of the highlights in this tasting, the 2001 Harlan Estate is simply majestic. Powerful, explosive and dense, the 2001 soars out of the glass with an exotic mélange of aromas, flavors and textures that grabs hold of all the senses. The 2001 is an especially virile, potent Harlan Estate that will drink well for 20 years or more. Today it is very impressive. Two thousand one was current winemaker Cory Empting ‘s first vintage at Harlan Estate.
    Drink Dates: 2017 - 2032
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: Sep 2017
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Drink Dates: (09-28)
    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2007-2028
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating: 100

    As reported in Oeno-File Volume 2 Issue 3, Harlan?s 2001 offerings, the Estate and the Maiden, from barrel were both superb examples of Napa Valley?s famed 2001 vintage. From bottle, they continue to impress. Simultaneously powerful, lilting, and haunting scents of coconut, espresso, milk chocolate covered cherry bon bons, black currants, sweet herbs, and seared rare beef tenderloin with traces of mineral and chalk. Intense yet ethereal flavors of glace de viande, soy sauce, concentrated milk chocolate, and cherry with a finish of well over a minute. Deeply colored with a few thick slow moving legs that are quite dark themselves. Tannins present as negligible due the depth of fruit. Acidity can'tbe separated out as a discrete component of the wine ? that means it is perfect. The wine continues to expand in power as it rests in the glass ? apparently there is no limit to its reserves because it was still gaining in strength with the final glass. The wine was aged in oak for 28 months prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Undoubtedly, the Harlan Estate 2001 ousts the foursome of 1994 and 1997 Harlan Estate and 1994 and 1997 Bryant Family Cabernets as my new reference standard for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon if not world Cabernets. Completely intoxicating from the first glass ? and alcohol has nothing whatever to do with it.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020+
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 92

    best U.S. wine ever drink. a strong CS with a finish full of merlot . smooth!
    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Delicious, but I think that I'll wait a couple of years before opening the next one.
    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Intense but balanced, lush mouth feel, rich tannin and incredibly long finish. Think I prefer the 2001 Sloan a bit more.
    Author: Johnnymd
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.

See other similar producers:Opus One,Pahlmeyer,Sloan Estate

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

  • 2036 bottles owned
  • 493 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 493 collectors)