1996 Harlan 750ml

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IWC 95   WA 98   WS 92   Customer 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of roasted plum, currant, black cherry, chocolate, minerals, lead pencil and nuts. Extremely concentrated black cherry fruit offers impressive vibrancy and grip for the vintage. Perhaps not quite as dense as the '97, but then how many wines from anywhere are? Finishes with substantial tannins and great persistence.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

The opaque purple-colored 1996 Harlan Estate reveals extraordinary intensity, a spicy, black currant, tobacco, cedar, and fruit cake-scented bouquet, full body, a texture oozing with glycerin and concentrated fruit, and moderate tannin in the blockbuster finish. It is one of the most concentrated and complete red wines one could hope to taste.

Drink Dates: 2004-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Intense, dark and still quite tannic, with a solid, youthful core of black cherry and currant, with hints of pencil lead and shavings. Shows excellent structure and concentration, though the strength and depth of the tannins is evident. The best of three bottles tasted.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: rcl
Trust Rating: 96
Drink Dates: 2003-2030
Excellent!!!

Rating: 93
Author: Sechang P
Trust Rating: 71
Tasted On: 11/03/2009

Rating: 94
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/21/2009

Rating: 97
Author: Jkbergmann
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/03/2009

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

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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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