2001 Harlan 750ml

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WA 100   WS 97   IWC 96   JR 18.5   Collector 98
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

This wine, which first debuted in 1990, has probably garnered more perfect scores than any other Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2001 is just entering a young adolescent stage of development, exhibiting extraordinary nuances such as sweet, loamy soil and earthy minerality intermixed with some background smoke, black currant liqueur, plum, Asian spice and new saddle leather. Full-bodied, it possesses great intensity, with stunning flavors that are viscous enough to coat the mouth, but never become heavy or overbearing. The wine has a remarkable purity, concentration and intensity that should carry it for another 30+ years. This is already very promising, and for those who own it, I would suggest a good two to three hours of decanting prior to service.

Drink Dates: 2011-2041
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

Firm and intense, with gripping tannins wrapped around dark berry, black licorice, graphite, cedar and tar. Slow to unfold but does so impressively, gaining strength, depth and vitality; appears a great candidate to go another 10 to 15 years with ease. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2025. 1,250 cases made.'J.L.

Drink Dates: 2011-2025
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

Deep ruby. Roasted black fruits, leather, licorice, bitter chocolate and mint on the complex, youthfully medicinal nose. Hugely sweet, fat and pliant, with solid structure currently covered by baby fat. The wine's brilliant vinosity became more apparent as it opened in the glass. Finishes with noble, sweet tannins and superb palate-staining persistence. A compellingly layered, deep wine that's likely to develop in bottle for 15 or 20 years. I kept raising my score as I went back for yet another taste, and yet it's possible that the 2002 will be even better.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

Heady and rich - and very flattering on the nose. Hint of malt and chocolate. Surely this has to be US?  Alcohol on the finish but this is a wine that is impossible to spit. Manages to beguile and not bad complexity. The most flattering wine of all on the palate in terms of texture but still appetising on the end. The tannins which are there are almost hidden. Very, very slightly tart on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2008-2018
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 08/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2007-2028

Rating: 99
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/19/2014

Rating: 98
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/07/2010
Intense but balanced, lush mouth feel, rich tannin and incredibly long finish. Think I prefer the 2001 Sloan a bit more.

Rating: 97
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 12/03/2009
Delicious, but I think that I'll wait a couple of years before opening the next one.

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Rating: 92
Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 11/04/2010
best U.S. wine ever drink. a strong CS with a finish full of merlot . smooth!

Average rating: 97, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1858 bottles owned by 658 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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