1991 Harlan 750ml

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WA 98   WS 91   Collector 98
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

This is a profoundly great wine. It came across in a blind tasting as one of the most remarkable wines there, with most tasters mistaking it for a first-growth Medoc. The wine revealed an opaque purple color, a fabulously complex, sweet nose of minerals, fruitcake, cedar, toasty new oak, and pure blackcurrant fruit. Although huge in the mouth, the wine is remarkably well-balanced, with its high tannin level well-concealed by copious quantities of sweet ripe fruit, as well as huge amounts of glycerin and extract. I have consistently rated the 1991 Harlan Estate in the mid to upper nineties, but in this blind tasting with so many high quality wines, it was a big-time winner. Approachable now, this wine should be at its best by the turn of the century and last for 2-3 decades.

Drink Dates: 2000-2027
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Aromas of rosemary and berry with fresh tarragon undertones. Full body. Round and still chewy, with lots of berry and cherry character. Holding on nicely.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011

Rating: 98
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 03/04/2009

Rating: 97
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/20/2003
Drink Dates: 2003-2015
Black-blood red colored slightly cloudy wine with a big almost Burgundian nose of boiled calamari, dark plum, herbs, deep dark fruits, dark cassis, and bitter chocolate. Richly elegant with plenty of power and excellent length. Drink now to 2015. Really quite Burgundian in profile ? and that is far from a criticism.

Average rating: 95, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

507 bottles owned by 214 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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