2011 Harlan Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 14.5%
  • 93 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 97 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51563-2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    A powerful expression of Cabernet reminiscent of a young Ausone, this is dense, extracted, layered and nuanced, showing fresh earth and rocky soil notes. Once past the chewiness, the ripe currant, plum and wild berry flavors persist.
    Author: James Laube
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97

    Fabulous floral aromas of currants, flowers, stones and rosemary stem. Purity. Full body with a fabulous backbone of chewy tannins with a gorgeous austerity. Elegance with power. This needs at least three or four more years.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    More dense, tannic, complex and fuller-bodied thatn Harlan's 2011 The Maiden is the 2011 Harlan Estate. Its plum/purple color is followed by a sweet perfume of camphor, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, Christmas fruitcake and hints of forest floor and underbrush. Deep, round and generous with silky tannins and a forward, evolved style, this beauty should drink well for 15-18 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Saturated bright ruby. Precise aromas of urgent crushed blackcurrant, licorice and violet. Densely packed but very tightly coiled today, communicating a powerful impression of brooding energy in the way of a young Latour. At once imploded and smooth, showing superb precision to its black fruit and mineral flavors. Less expressive today than the line-up of Bond wines but this firmly tannic vintage of Harlan Estate has the spine and energy for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle. May ultimately merit an even higher score.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Vinous | Rating: 94

    The 2011 Harlan Estate is super-expressive and textured in the glass. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and new leather open up as the wine sits in the glass. Decidedly mid-weight and gracious, the 2011 impresses for its exceptional balance and sense of proportion. Harlan Estate is capable of myriad of expressions. In 2011, the more feminine side of the property comes through. Although not a blockbuster, the 2011 is incredibly beautiful, especially considering how challenging the year was.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 93

    2011 Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine Harlan Estate visit the producer A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from Oakville, Napa, North Coast, California, USA Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost Wine Advocate #209 Oct 2013 Robert Parker (90-93) Drink: 2013 - 2028 $800 Made in a soft, precocious, flattering style, the richly fruity 2011 Harlan Estate offers notes of toasty oak, red and black currant jam, no trace of herbaceousness or angularity, sweet tannins and a lush, heady, upfront mouthfeel. Drink this beauty over the next 12-15 years. (Not yet released) It is hard to believe but Bill Harlan's beautiful estate in the lower hills of the Mayacamas Mountains on the western side of Napa has now made over twenty vintages. (I have mixed emotions, as I am old enough to remember them all.) The Maiden is always an impressive effort, but it is built to be drunk at an early age.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2028
    Author: Thanos
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

  • 979 bottles owned
  • 174 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 174 collectors)