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2005 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: 2013-2026 VF: 2007-2020
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138
Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.434%
Tasted On 04/08/2015

Very good wine - favorite for the night. The fruit is not as pushy as some more recent vintages, but still plenty going on.

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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96%
Tasted On 05/03/2014

Still has plenty of youthful exuberance, dark cherry, blackberry flavor profile, tannins are moderate. Moderate length finish. Well made with years to go.

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Author Edward C731
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.065%
Tasted On 11/23/2012

decanted for 1.5 hrs, completely closed. Suggest to let this age for at least 10+ years.

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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.082%
Tasted On 08/30/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2018

Dense 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.

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Author Todd W59
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.379%
Tasted On 08/10/2012

Black / 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.

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Author GrapesofWrath
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.461%
Tasted On 06/05/2010

Excellent 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.

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Author JMC22
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.301%
Tasted On 09/19/2009
Drink Dates 2014-2035

RIP 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.

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Created  Sep 26, 2011
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