2004 Harlan 750ml

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WA 98   WS 97   IWC 97   Collector 96
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Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

Another rating identical to that which was given in 2007 (when first tasted from bottle), the 2004 Harlan Estate is performing essentially the way I suggested in 2007 as it is one of the more precocious and accessible of the Harlan Estate wines to date. A great showing at this retrospective, this wine, which seems like a hypothetical blend of a Pauillac, St.-Estephe and Graves, represents around 1,500 cases from 40 acres of beautifully manicured hillside vineyards overlooking Oakville. Still dense purple to the rim, with notes of creme de cassis, charcoal, blackberry and sweet toast, the wine is full-bodied and voluptuously textured with the tannins largely resolved. But the density and richness suggest this wine can go a long, long way, even though the window for drinking it seems open and inviting already. A world-class, first-growth wine if there ever was one from Napa, this is simply an exquisite Harlan Estate that has atypically reached mid to late adolescence at the age of ten. That is great given the fact that these are 30- to 40-year wines - possibly even half-century wines. Drink it over the next 30 years.

Drink Dates: 2014-2044
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

Firmly structured and tightly wound, with deep, perfumed currant, anise, sage and cedary oak notes, picking up a mineral and pebble edge and ending with a return to the spicy currant fruit. Long and persistent, with tight tannins.

Aside from the 2002 vintage (99 points, $245 release), the 2004 is one of the highest scoring Harlan vintages in years, rated at the same level as the 1999, 1997, 1996 and 1994. While a $350 price tag may seem steep, the 2002 is already selling for $1,000 and demand for the 2003 Harlan (90 points, $265), has recently sent its auction average price over $500 a bottle.

Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

($350) Deep medium ruby. Superripe aromas and flavors of roasted black raspberry, licorice, mocha and minerals; just this side of liqueur-like. Thick, dense and silky but tightly wound and still youthfully closed. This compellingly deep wine boasts outstanding sweetness without coming off as over the top. Finishes with huge but sweet tannins and great length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/16/2011
Drink Dates:
Extraordinary!

Rating: 97
Author: David 429
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/29/2015
Drink Dates: 2015-2035
amazing ruby red wine, great nose of blueberries, red berries and cassis, great thick mouthfeel with a long 60+ second finish. great wine, will dring well for 20 more years

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Rating: 96
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/03/2012
Drink Dates: 2015-2030

Rating: 92
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/17/2011
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Tannins dominate and overwhelm this bottle.

Rating: 92
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 11/26/2011
A bit disappointing. I would drink the 04 sooner rather than later.

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Average rating: 97, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

3159 bottles owned by 913 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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