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2000 Harlan Estate Red Wine Napa Valley


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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: 93 points

Saturated ruby. Sappy, profound aromas of currant, tobacco and mocha; austere in the manner of a great young claret. Very rich and deep, with a flavor of crystallized black raspberry. Distinctly blacker in flavor than most 2000 cabernets and Bordeaux blends from the North Coast. Wonderfully seamless and elegant wine, lush and extremely long on the back. Today the tannins are buried under a wave of fruit.

Review Date: May 2002

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 91 points

I have never been totally convinced by the 2000 Harlan Estate, but now that its in bottle, it is a very fine offering. The problem is that it must be compared with the other Harlan Estate wines made to date. A Graves-like perfume of roasted coffee, scorched earth, black currants, cedar, and a hint of menthol emerge from this dense dark ruby/purple-colored 2000. Lighter than normal, but medium to full-bodied and elegant, with soft tannin as well as a silky, precocious personality and texture, it can be drunk now and over the next 12 years. Harlan Estate and its perfectionist owner, Bill Harlan, who is backed up by the peerless team of Michel Rolland and Bob Levy, is truly an estate of monumental aspirations that more often than not hits the proverbial bulls eye. None of the wines produced since 1990 has yet reached full maturity. While the 2000 is their lightest vintage to date, it is no wimpy wine. As I have written so many times before, what makes Harlan such a singular tasting experience is that while it is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated offering from the hillsides above the Oakville Corridor, and it obviously has the power and extraordinary ripeness afforded by Napa Valleys favorable viticultural climate, it has a degree of complexity that is only shared by a handful of other California Cabernet-based wines, and the finest Bordeaux. Harlan Estate represents exactly what a genius owner, who suffers no fools, and refuses to make any compromises, is capable of achieving ... is that a surprise?Tel. (707) 944-1441; Fax (707) 944-1444

Review Date: December 2003