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Harlan Estate Bordeaux Blend Oakville Napa Valley 2002  - First Bottle


100 Roberrt Parker's Wine Advocate -
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. Kudos to Bill Harlan!

Technical Details

  • WinemakerBob Levy and Cory Empting
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationOakville
  • Harvest DateSeptember 16th to October 11th, 2002
  • Production1248 cases

Harlan Estate Bordeaux Blend Oakville Napa Valley 2002

Bordeaux Blends  |  US
WA100, WE99, WS99, IWC98, ST97, JR19

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The Harlan Estate Bordeaux Blend Oakville Napa Valley 2002 represents a pinnacle of Napa Valley winemaking, boasting unparalleled richness and finesse. With its seductive aromas of dark fruits, violets, and hints of graphite, coupled with a palate of profound depth and velvety tannins, this vintage stands as a timeless testament to the terroir and craftsmanship of Harlan Estate.

About the Producer

For over two decades, Harlan Estate has been committed to creating a California "first growth" wine estate. Founded in 1984, Harlan Estate is set in the western hills of Oakville, rising above the fabled Napa Valley benchlands. Carved from the raw land and built for generations, the estate is over 240 acres of natural splendor, 15% of which are under vine, planted to the classic varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.