1994 Harlan 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

What can I say about the 1994? I have tasted the wine for three consecutive years, and each time it satisfied all of my requirements for perfection. The opaque purple color is followed by spectacular aromatics that soar from the glass, offering up celestial levels of black currants, minerals, smoked herbs, cedar wood, coffee, and pain grille. In the mouth, this seamless legend reveals full body, and exquisite layers of phenomenally pure and rich fruit, followed by a 40+ second finish. While accessible, the 1994 begs for another 5-7 years of cellaring. It should easily last for 30+ years. Every possible jagged edge - acidity, alcohol, tannin, and wood - is brilliantly intertwined in what seems like a diaphanous format. What is so extraordinary about this large-scaled wine, with its dazzling display of aromatics and prodigious flavors and depth, is that it offers no hint of heaviness or coarseness. Harlan's 1994 comes close to immortality in the glass. Much of this wine will be sold to the winery's mailing list customers. If you miss out on the 1994, try and get on the waiting list for future vintages. While perfect wines are few and far between, history has taught me that wineries with such lofty aspirations as Harlan Estate will continue to push the envelop of quality.

Drink Dates: 2002-2027
Author: Robert Parker

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

Slightly more vibrant saturated ruby-red color. Even deeper and more nuanced aromas of liqueur-like blackcurrant, black olive, violet, minerals, brown spices and floral perfume. In contrast to the (relatively) more laid-back '95, this is almost painfully sweet on entry, with huge extract giving it a three-dimensional texture. More powerfully structured than the '95, but as large as it is, it retains near-perfect balance. Explosive finishing fruit covers the rich, sweet tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Wonderful raspberry and vanilla aromas, with lots of currants. Full-bodied, with lots of ripe fruit and round tannins. Chewy and very rich. Still needs some time to mellow.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: James Suckling

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

From The Purple Notebook ? California Dinner at Gidleigh Park.Much more acidity evident. Drier, more explosive. Dry finish - slightly too dry? The Monte Bello is better and costs a quarter of this!

Drink Dates: 2000-2010
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: MikeA
Trust Rating: 100
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

Rating: 100
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Drink Dates: (02-27)

Rating: 100
Author: Behruz Nassre
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/17/2009

Rating: 100
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 97
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+

Rating: 99
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
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).

Average rating: 95, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1224 bottles owned by 393 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.

See other similar producers: Opus One, Pahlmeyer, Sloan Estate

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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