ITEM 28550

2003 Harlan Estate Red Wine Napa Valley

$1,199.98

In stock

2

Wine Rating:

98WA 95V

Bottle Size

750ml

Vintage

2003

Country/State

california

Wine Region

napa

Variety

bordeaux blend

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 98 points

One of the most backward yet promising wines of the vintage is the 2003 Harlan Estate. Its dense opaque plum/purple color is accompanied by a sumptuous bouquet of graphite, camphor, creme de cassis, smoky barbecue wood and a hint of forest floor. Similar flavors hit the mouth with full-bodied splendor, a multidimensional mouthfeel and texture, and the sensational finish lasts more than 45 seconds. Some tannins are still present, and this wine seems much younger than expected at ten years of age, so give it 4-5 more years of bottle age and consume it over the following 20-25 years.

Review Date: 6/1/13

Vinous: 95 points

Good deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant, minerals, graphite, mocha and leather on the nose. Sweet and tightly wound, with a violet topnote and terrific depth of flavor. This powerfully structured wine has plenty of meat on its bones. The tannins are huge but refined. This must be among the three or four longest wines of the vintage, with the violet quality persisting on the aftertaste. (I retasted the 2002 on this occasion, and this elixir of a wine continues to be one of the greatest California cabernets of my experience, with a knockout nose of black raspberry, minerals, tobacco and crushed stone a superconcentrated essence of cabernet on the palate and an almost confectionery finish of incredible persistence. My latest sample merited a solid 98.)

Review Date: 5/1/06