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2002 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
WA 100
WS 94
99
JR 19
IWC 98(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2027 WS: 2012-2024
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IWC 98(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 120

Deep medium ruby. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, blackberry, candied violet, licorice pastille, black pepper and a suggestion of dusty earth. Like a liquid confection in the mouth: thick and sweet yet almost magically shapely and fresh. The longest, most inexorably palate-staining wine of my tour of the North Coast in early March: this lost no strength in my mouth after I had spit it. Damn near close to perfect wine; only my own refusal to give a perfect score to a wine that's still a decade or more short of its peak kept my score down. Bill Harlan, incidentally, compares the 2002 vintage to the 1995, which is showing spectacularly today. (I was able to retaste the extraordinary 2001, which is perhaps even more classic than the 2002 if not quite as extravagantly thick, with slightly more roasted yet sappy aromas and flavors of crystallized berries, minerals, tar and licorice, and great inner-mouth energy and persistence. This very backward wine has the acid/tannin spine to evolve in bottle for 15 to 20 years. On my latest tasting I rated it 96(+?).

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JR 19
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2007-2020

Luxurious red velvet look with a deep brick rim. Extremely voluptuous and flattering ? essence of Napa Valley and the richest form of Cabernet Sauvignon ? obviously pretty alcoholic but reined in on the finish. Really caresses the palate. Round and rich. Fleshy and opulent. Positively slides over the palate with just a hint of tea leaves on the finish which keeps it refreshing. Harlan has arguably perfected the art of producing Napa Valley Cabernet that is nothing at all like red bordeaux but succeeds on its own terms.

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WA 100
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 201

The extraordinary Harlan Estate, which I awarded 100 points seven years ago, offers no justifiable reason to doubt its perfect score. It is still a baby, with an inky purple color and notes of smoky camphor intermixed with creme de cassis, Asian soy and a hint of cedar beginning to emerge as well as some espresso and subtle damp forest floor notes. The wine has awesome intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, a skyscraper-like texture, and a finish that goes on for close to a minute. This is a perfect wine, still youthful and young, and not even in full adolescence as of 2012. It has 40 or more years ahead of it, but should hit its plateau of full maturity in another 5-10 years. It is certainly one of the most showy , flamboyant and remarkable Harlan Estates made to date. (More recently, the 2007 tends to resemble this wine more than any other vintage I can think of.) Kudos to Bill Harlan!

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2012-2024

Offers a core of rich dark berry, sour cherry, black licorice, loamy earth and dried berry flavors. Full-bodied, firmly tannic, yet deep and concentrated, almost too young in this tasting.

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Author Ronn L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 89.286%
Tasted On 06/12/2011
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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.419%
Tasted On 04/02/2011
Drink Dates 2010-2020

Subtle but intense deep fruit nose. Wine is beautifully balanced and complimented meal despite concentration. Tannins are lush and finish is very long. Probably best Napa cab I have tasted.

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Author Tallydoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.373%
Tasted On 08/11/2010
Drink Dates 2005-2035
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Author fred2288
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.943%
Tasted On 06/03/2009

An incredible taste in every way. Had a little the next night, and it was even better. Took that long to open.

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Author winefolio
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.523%
Tasted On 03/04/2009
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Author Robert P364
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 75.758%
Tasted On 09/02/2008

very good wine liked the 2001 better

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Classification of Napa
Recently the Finnish publication FINE Wine Magazine has attempted to classify Napa Valley wines akin to the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux. View the article here: "Napa Valley Classification." Since then, there has been much...


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