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2003 Harlan Estate

  • 98 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 51563-2003

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    One of the most backward yet promising wines of the vintage is the 2003 Harlan Estate. Its dense opaque plum/purple color is accompanied by a sumptuous bouquet of graphite, camphor, creme de cassis, smoky barbecue wood and a hint of forest floor. Similar flavors hit the mouth with full-bodied splendor, a multidimensional mouthfeel and texture, and the sensational finish lasts more than 45 seconds. Some tannins are still present, and this wine seems much younger than expected at ten years of age, so give it 4-5 more years of bottle age and consume it over the following 20-25 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Creamy vanilla oak adds a nice flavor dimension to the rich, elegant layers of currant, blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors. Intense and persistent, offering a long, complex aftertaste, with hints of mineral and sage. 1,827 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Good deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant, minerals, graphite, mocha and leather on the nose. Sweet and tightly wound, with a violet topnote and terrific depth of flavor. This powerfully structured wine has plenty of meat on its bones. The tannins are huge but refined. This must be among the three or four longest wines of the vintage, with the violet quality persisting on the aftertaste. (I retasted the 2002 on this occasion, and this elixir of a wine continues to be one of the greatest California cabernets of my experience, with a knockout nose of black raspberry, minerals, tobacco and crushed stone; a superconcentrated essence of cabernet on the palate; and an almost confectionery finish of incredible persistence. My latest sample merited a solid 98.)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2011-2027
    Author: Matt O
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Hal
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Deep dark ruby red almost black, nose of cherries, saddle leather, wonderful thick mouthfeel with a lonf 45+ second finish. A great wine from Bill Harlan.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2030
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Harlan strikes again. The 2003 is drinking in peak form right now. 7-15 years seems about the sweet spot, so you've got time but if the occassion is right, drink up. Strong rasberries and heavy tannins overwhelm the tastebuds. Delicious!
    Author: GrapesofWrath
  • Self | Rating: 95

    I really like this wine. Rich, lush nose and flavors, but none of the flabbiness of some California wines. It has a firmness and backbone that make Harlan a rare pleasure.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Initial taste dominated by heat and dark brooding fruit. Lacking nuance and tertiary scents and flavor. Monolithic. This wine was kept in my cellar in perfect conditions. No evolution with age. Not worth the price.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Intense, vibrant, firm and focused, with a touch of raciness to the concentrated mocha, blackberry and graphite. Extracted, chewy and firmly tannic, but with tight focus and persistence of flavor.--Non-blind Harlan retrospective (2010). Drink now through 2025. 1,827 cases made
    Drink Dates: 2012-2025
    Author: JLANDAULA
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Tasted too early. Needs a lot of decant time.
    Author: G
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

  • 2972 bottles owned
  • 583 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 583 collectors)