2005 Harlan Estate
- 94 WS
- 97 IWC
- 96 JS
Red Bordeaux Blend
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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97Full bright ruby. A black hole of a nose: cassis, black raspberry, mocha and licorice, with a suggestion of almost roasted fruits. Then utterly palate-saturating, with a distinctly layered texture to the dark fruit and mineral flavors. Impeccably balanced, fresh wine with a spectacular slow-building finish that coats the palate with a flavor of black raspberry. A knockout.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2008
Vinous | Rating: 95Open-knit, sensual and perfumed, the 2005 Harlan Estate is super-expressive today. Like so many 2005s, the Harlan is a bit lacking in intensity and overall structure relative to the very best years. The 2005 is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next 15-20 years. At some point during that arc of time, the 2005 is likely to become a bit frail, but that does not appear to be imminent. Even after thinning to a cluster per shoot, the clusters and berries were large, which required some bleeding in the tanks, a technique that is not often used at Harlan Estate.Author: Antonio Galloni
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 96This is very, very floral with sage, black currants, black berries, and hot stones. Full bodied, with blackberry, black olives, and cashmere like tannins. It finishes broad and is completely captivating. This is starting to come around, but be patient for another two years. Pull the cork in 2012. 15+24+24+33.Author: James Suckling
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Tightly wound and closed, with notes of pencil lead and shavings, graphite, mineral and dried berry. The flavors are intense and persistent, without too much weight. This is graceful in its own way.--Non-blind Harlan retrospective (2010). Drink now through 2028. 1,850 cases made.Author: James Laube
Self | Rating: 96Drink Dates: 2017-2040Author: David 429
Self | Rating: 99Drink Dates: 2025Author: fred2288
Self | Rating: 96Black / deep red color with perhaps just a tinge of remaining purple. The nose is a combination of smoke, spice and black fruit with a hint of vanilla. On the palate there is good balance of fruit, acid and tannin; there is a richness of flavors, with a moderate to long finish. Tannins should continue to smooth-out over next several years.Author: Todd W59
Self | Rating: 95decanted for 1.5 hrs, completely closed. Suggest to let this age for at least 10+ years.Author: Edward C731
Self | Rating: 94Dense and earthy, with savory herb, dried currant, spice, mint and cedary oak flavors, all tightly wound, compact and concentrated, yet with a seam of elegance and finesse. Very intense and powerful. Best from 2011 through 2018. 1,850 cases made.Drink Dates: 2012-2018Author: JLANDAULA
Self | Rating: 95Excellent wine, but I would still give it another 2-5 years in the bottle before drinking more. Strong and tight, but the makings of a 95+ wine are there. Great black fruits and delicious tannic finish.Author: GrapesofWrath
Self | Rating: 95RIP 2005 Harlan... we barely knew ye... This wine was so tight, had such a high tensile strength, and was so packed with Harlan's patent pending black currant, that it was tough to extract any secondary flavors. I tried - boysenberry, bay leaf, thyme, rough sticky tannin. The black currant finish splatters on and holds to the whole back of my throat. Hold for many years.Drink Dates: 2014-2035Author: JMC22
Self | Rating: 96Still has plenty of youthful exuberance, dark cherry, blackberry flavor profile, tannins are moderate. Moderate length finish. Well made with years to go.Author: Johnnymd
Self | Rating: 94Very good wine - favorite for the night. The fruit is not as pushy as some more recent vintages, but still plenty going on.Author: Jeffrey M989
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 2519 bottles owned
- 508 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 508 collectors)