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1997 Harlan Bordeaux Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer Notes

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... More »

Score
99
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Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2007 VF: 2002-2030
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 90
Author G
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.351%
Tasted On 09/27/2013
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Author Carlo L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90%
Tasted On 06/13/2011

Nectar of the gods...

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Author winefolio
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.523%
Tasted On 03/04/2009
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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 10/20/2003
Drink Dates 2007+

The '97 has always impressed me mainly because of its power rather than grace and elegance. While the '97 still shows enormous strength (greater in magnitude then even the '94), time has begun to work its magic. Today, the ?97 shows increasingly more suppleness without losing one iota of its power. Prior tastings of the '97 have revealed potential VA problems. This wine showed VA as well but the VA disappeared after about an hour after the wine began to be served. The moral of the story is let the '97 decant for at least eight hours prior to service. At present, the wine is rather monolithic on the palate with espresso and dark chocolate laced enormous fruit. Give it at least another decade in the cellar to let the wine?s flavor profile continue to develop.

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