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2007 William Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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7/27/2015 - pdadams66 Likes this wine: 89 points

From a magnum, at Beth and Arthurs. Has lasted well, smooth Napa fruit with some dust. Drinking very well now.

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2013 William Harrison Cabernet Franc Rutherford

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7/26/2015 - Woodbridge Brad Likes this wine: 93 points

I have always thought Bill's CF was his best wine. We tasted (drank) this before lunch today, it was bottled 3 weeks ago. Needs some time but nicely developed in the barrel and now just give it some bottle time. Not overripe but very intense without being overpowering, very nice acid and tannin structure, great finish.

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2013 William Harrison Rutherford Red

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7/26/2015 - Woodbridge Brad Likes this wine: 92 points

Just bottled and tasted with Bill over some burgers. Very dark and dense, with a subdued but lovely nose. Not over ripe but very fruity in the mouth with a good level of soft structural tannins. Want to revisit this fall after some bottle aging but this looks like a long haul winner.

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2009 William Harrison Cabernet Franc Rutherford

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7/22/2015 - mflesh wrote: NR

Contributed 2 tasting notes on this one. This one tonight was just as epic as the other 2. A very nice, nice wine, and going to be sad when the other 3 are gone. I think I've got another 5-7 years!

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2009 William Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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7/10/2015 - Woodbridge Brad Likes this wine: 91 points

Classic and not over ripe. Great value.

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2005 William Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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6/30/2015 - JOEABR wrote: 95 points

Sometimes a home run can be a grand slam. Upon first pour aromas leapt from the glass, I knew instantly this would be good. Intoxicating cassis, flowers, perfume, tobacco. On the palate the texture is full, round and caressing, liquid velvet. Really polished wine but exploding with deep, dark fruit, raspberries, blackberries with a great long finish. Sometimes I find Wm Harrison wines to have a bit too much oak, but it was not the case with this bottle - just enough to provide some vanilla and smoke hints and great texture. Classic Rutherford (one of my favorite appelations).

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2009 William Harrison Cabernet Franc Rutherford

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6/28/2015 - mflesh wrote: NR

I didn't make really good cliff's notes on this one, but I remembered thinking that this one has almost come into prime, but is still probably a year away before this is in the "OMG REALLY??!!?!" realm. Not going to rate this experience mainly because I have just about forgotten every note with exception to brambly notes and Rutherford dust on the front (boysenberry and black cherry) and rather gritty tannin on the finish. This was a full bodied wine no doubt, and would put many a 2009 Cab Francs to shame already. Out of my 48 bottles in the Rutherford AVA, almost 30 of them are from William Harrison. This producer has harvested the true embodiment of Rutherford. No reason to buy anything else to represent the Rutherford AVA.

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2005 William Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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6/22/2015 - NorCalVinoLover Likes this wine: 90 points

The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like bark, sandalwood and tobacco. It tastes like medium toast, clove and black olive. The body is medium. The wine has polished texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity. Old.

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2010 William Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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6/21/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 92 points

This seemed a bit muddled at first but it came around very well after a couple of hours. A bit bigger than the '09 but the '09 was better to me; more delicate and expressive.

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2009 William Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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5/30/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

This is ready for business. I've had three of these in the last two years, and while previous bottles were a bit tight and closed, the wine has now really unfurled. There is a delicacy and subtlety in this wine that is so attractive. I love it. 93+ pts. Drink now.

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2008 William Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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5/30/2015 - Woodbridge Brad Likes this wine: 92 points

Still youthful and fresh, resolved enough to enjoy but this one could go a year or two more to best at its best. Smokey oak and ripe Cabernet fruit in the nose with a dense but not inky youthful dark color, the flavors in the mouth are nicely intense and somewhat resolved in terms of balance. Good dry tannins in the finish with a long linger of ripe fruit (not porty or pruny) that is nicely dry.

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2011 William Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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5/24/2015 - mflesh wrote: NR

The proper rating for this wine is NR. Lots going on between the blackberry, cassis and vanilla. This wine is a powerhouse, but doesn't know what to do with itself for another 5 yr at least. Beautiful offering from one of my favorite Napa producers (and they should be yours too). This wine is a BABY, and can hold another few years with good temp and humidity. Right now this wine is an NR, but I almost had a 93 in the rating field, but deleted it.

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2011 William Harrison Rutherford Red

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5/23/2015 - mflesh wrote: NR

A challenging year for the Rutherford Red, and yet I'm not entirely sure this one was ready to go even after 3 hours of time in the glass. This wine is very well made by a small producer in Napa, but the fruit just shows muted characteristics. The depth just isn't there on this one, but the backbone certainly is. This has the potential of being just as good as the 2010 (and everyone sure knows what I think of the 2010!). There appears to be a significant absence of merlot, and upon further glance this wine is 46 Cab, 31 Petit Verdot, 15 Malbec, and 8 Cab Franc....no merlot. Poured a very dark red into the glass, and coated it nicely. It's a wine that has a blackberry and floral nose, smooth and full bodied on the entry, blackberrry, cassis, middle of black cherry and Rutherford dust (but subdued compared to the 09 and 10), and finishes with a little heat or mint. Sweet tannin. I didn't detect nearly as much tannin as the 2010 or 2009 RR's. This wine is best held another 1-2 years before attempting a rating. I didn't feel as if it was on its best tonight.

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2010 William Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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5/19/2015 - slippytoad Likes this wine: 91 points

Very clean pour, darkest red. Medium bodied, plenty of red/black fruit with sweetness. Smooth easy drinking.

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2011 William Harrison Simpatico

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4/22/2015 - ecola Likes this wine: 91 points

Beautiful pure red cherry with a little floral action. Medium body on the palate with lively acidity. Long dry finish. Tastes real.

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2013 William Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon

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3/26/2015 - TheRhoneranger wrote: 91 points

Light strawberry

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2009 William Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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3/15/2015 - Westonandress wrote: NR

Hooper gave me this wine and has visited them in california

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2010 William Harrison Cabernet Franc Rutherford

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3/12/2015 - Sinegal Estate wrote: 91 points

Concentrated black fruits with tobacco, and tomato leaf. It shows that rubarb, slightly green or herbal note is proof it's Cab Franc.

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2010 William Harrison Cabernet Franc Rutherford

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3/11/2015 - mflesh wrote: NR

To expand on previous tasting notes. The remaining 50cc of this was left overnight to sit and oxidize. In the AM was a wine that was very different. Dark, dusty, oaked, blackberry, just about zero spice. Actually was a very subdued wine, but definitely not "done" even sitting out overnight.

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2013 William Harrison Chardonnay Carneros

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2/25/2015 - mflesh Likes this wine: NR

Echo previous notes. Very consistent. Butter on the front and old world on the finish. Excellent notes. Fought for the last 50ml of this one! Will continue to appreciate a tiny bit more within 2 years, but done in 6-7! Very approachable now.

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2009 William Harrison Rutherford Red

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2/21/2015 - mflesh wrote: 93 points

RUTH-ER-FORD - DUST. A very nicely well done wine, and dusty!!! This bottle needed about an hour of decanting before it was even in the ballpark to be rated (had this weird nitrogen and somewhat vegetal note in the first 15 minutes). At 2 or 3 hours, this one still shows some restraint and youth. Nice dusty nose, notes of kirsch, purple fruits, blackberry, quite intoxicating actually. On the palate is a full bodied, dusty monster with blackberry, dark baker's chocolate, a hint of mocha in the mid-palate blackberry core with saddle leather and bramble. DUSTY! The finish is sweet tannin, quite a bit punchy, and still with a TON of age left. This wine will appreciate over the next 7-10 years without a doubt, possibly longer. Drink 2015-2025.

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2010 William Harrison Cabernet Franc Rutherford

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2/16/2015 - kingboo wrote: 96 points

have never had a better cab franc. if you can find any, buy, buy and buy some more. great wine.

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2008 William Harrison Cabernet Franc Rutherford

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2/3/2015 - mflesh wrote: 91 points

Bottle was expressing beautifully tonight. Cork withdrawn intact. Nose of red clay gravel and dirty raspberry on the cork. Nose out of the bottle was very expressive. This wine is darker than the 09, 10, or 11, and I guess it should be so. This wine had more of a nose typical of a rough, dirty full bodied super tuscan. I was getting some green olive notes, raspberry, and graham cracker both on the nose and palate. Thick, dense, full bodied wine with full bodied and velvety mouthfeel. Black cherry and anise in front, grilled meat and new leather in the middle where it turned much darker and smoky to more of a blackberry. Finish still rather tannic, but tannin is starting to soften compared to the more recent vintages. Integration is already crazy on this one -- still has 5-7 years left but I think that this one is drinking about a year under peak. I can't wait to see how another 2-3 years will help this one! Done probably around 2022. Ready to go right now with very minimal decanting.

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2011 William Harrison Cabernet Franc Rutherford

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1/24/2015 - GITHagafen wrote: 90 points

Great after one hour decant. Drinks a bit young at this point but great structure and earthy tones from nose to finish.

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2011 William Harrison Cabernet Franc Rutherford

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1/24/2015 - mflesh wrote: NR

So it appears as though I'm the only sap that has consumed this bottle thus far. Wise decision, considering that it needs about another year of bottle aging. This winery overall should just now be releasing their 2010's....the 2011's should be in the bottle and away from hands....like mine. An excellent 09 and 10 Cab Franc made me very curious to try the 11. Interestingly, I believe that their quality is right up there where it should be. This is a well made wine, perhaps a little more thin than the 09 or 10. The 11 bursts with notes of dusty black cherry. Medium to full bodied wine that took probably 3 hours to open up (somewhat). Rutherford dust on the finish (along with a lot of tannin). Still quite an enjoyable wine to have with lunch....and not sure if the longevity of this one is on par with previous vintages. But it won't be showing its true colors in 2015 that's for sure! Wait until 2016!!!

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