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1994 Harlan Bordeaux Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

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USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer Notes

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... More »

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Comm: 2008-2020

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 78
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Source Jancis Robinson
Author StuTarheel
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.486%
Tasted On 09/24/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2020

Ok, I do not know what a 100-point wine should taste like, but sipping this extraordinary wine one characterisitic hit me and that was how incredibly well-balanced this wine is. It is a perfectly tuned ochestra with all the qualities you look for playing their part expertly. Delicious core of ripe blackberry, black raspberry and black currant fruit. Framed beautifully by finely grained tannins. Notes of earth, chalk and spicebox emerge on the mid-palate. Everything comes together on a long, silky, elegant finish that caresses the palate. You sit there and savor this finish after every sip. Wow. A truly special wine (and my only bottle).

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Author taipanli
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.61%
Tasted On 03/05/2012

Drunk over the span of a 4 hour lazy lunch. I brought 3 different bottles and asked my friend to pick a number and that we drink the wine blind. Fyi the other bottles were a 2002 Ridge Monte Bello and a 2002 Abreu Thorevilos - clearly my friend hit the right number! The following note was from memory before we were told which wine had been drunk: No decant. Initial aromas of cherry, pain grillé, sweetness reverberated from the glass with a touch of acidity. The palate was somewhat disjointed with a great initial sharp thrust, followed by a lull, and then a teasing, promising finish. Upon the first bite of food (carpaccio w/ truffle), this came to life as if the food caused all the components to mesh into a seamless, unctuous, delicious wine. With time, the flavors kept soaring (no descriptives as we were deeply entrenched in conversation) and the wine just kept improving. I was more than happy to chew on the sediment which found its way into my glass! As state by others, the appearance and exuberance of this wine defy it's age and you'd be forgiven for believing this was less than 10 years old. This is a very special wine and I will make it a point to follow it every so often. In light of $1,000+ bottles of 2009 Bordeaux, I'm more than happy opening ready to drink (and with years of life ahead) 1994 Harlans. 50+10+9+20+10=99+

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Author Behruz Nassre
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96%
Tasted On 08/17/2009
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Author MikeA
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.554%
Tasted On 03/14/2009

Delicious!!! Amazing complexity. The rich fruit is still there but buried under tons of earth, eucalytus, and savory spice. Not decanted but drank over about 3 hours. Amazing to watch this change. And to simply breathe it over and over was amazing

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Author winefolio
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 79.942%
Tasted On 03/04/2009
Drink Dates (02-27)
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Author Regina C
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 0%
Tasted On 09/30/2004
Drink Dates 2007 - 2010
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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 10/20/2003
Drink Dates 2009-2020

Before I tasted the 2001 Harlan Estate, the '94 remained (along with the '94/?97 Bryant Families) my reference point for perfection in California Cabernet Sauvignon. The '94 Harlan is a more useful yardstick then the ?94/?97 Bryants because Harlan hews closer to the line of a traditional Cabernet Sauvignon. The '94 Harlan remains perfectly balanced with huge all encompassing power but gossamer elegance at the same time. Still a baby, the aromatics are still subdued compared to how this wine presented five years ago. Texturally, the wine is all crushed velvet with near impossible length.

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Classification of Napa
Recently the Finnish publication FINE Wine Magazine has attempted to classify Napa Valley wines akin to the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux. View the article here: "Napa Valley Classification." Since then, there has been much...

Created  Nov 4, 2009
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