Harlan Estate Red 2013
Finally, available is the much anticipated 2012 vintage of Harlan Estate. Like the true perfectionist that vintner Bill Harlan is, this Oakville western hills estate released its 1990 as its first vintage. They did produce a few years of wines prior to the ’90 but the Harlan team didn’t think at the time that those wines stood up to what they considered to be their highest standard. Twenty-six years later, Harlan is still as exacting since their inception and this 2012 is evidence of that thanks to their winemaking team led by director of winemaking Bob Levy, winemaker Cory Empting and vineyard manager Mary Maher.
“As I predicted last year, the 2013 Harlan Estate is one of their all-time greats, although they have had many of them, starting with the 1991, followed by 1994, 1995, 1997 (although controversial in some circles), 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012. This great first-growth property, with aspirations to produce the finest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine made in the New World, has given us a wine that has it all in 2013. Dense purple to the rim, with notes of espresso, white chocolate, mocha, blackberry, cassis, and cedar wood, the wine is full-bodied, opulent, but also structured, pure and incredibly long (well past a minute aftertaste). It is probably closest in personality and overall character to the compelling 2001, which is still a youthful wine at age 15. Drink it over the next 50+ years.” - Wine Advocate
- Vintage 2013
- Appellation Oakville - Napa Valley
- Country USA
- Region California