February 19, 2017 - 20 mins after uncorking, this shows old, over-aged Bordeaux on the nose. Even at this age, it's medium to heavy weight on the palate, Extremely reminiscent of a fine bordeau
September 21, 2016 - PnP. OK but getting old. Minimal fruit. Need more air or at end of life?
July 31, 2016 - Had with Burgundt Al and I concur with his notes.
July 31, 2016 - Small taste this afternoon, brief note from memory. Black fruit is very ripe, but retains balance if not restraint. Starting to mature nicely with sweet spice. Preferred this over 2001 Matriarch tasted next.
May 22, 2016 - Harlan + Friends Intro Retro (Whitehead's, Northbrook, IL): Deep dark ruby. Big, full nose is quite un-evolved and brutish with plummy fruit and notions of earth/tobacco. Palate brings the power with richer fruit and grippy tannin. Flavor-wise this is relatively un-evolved. But texturally, I enjoy the power and interplay of fruit, tannin and acid. Well balanced. Fun to drink. My #4, Group #7.
May 7, 2016 - First pour from a Coravin. This wine showed really young. The nose was dominated by blackberry and cassis, with oaky notes and vanilla. It had a Bordeaux-like austerity. The palate was fruit driven but structured, with a surprising amount of bitter tannins that somewhat smoothed out over a couple hours in the glass. This wine was clearly young and has a long way to go. It is not what I expected from a Harlan wine, which by all accounts is supposedly a "sweet fruit bomb".
More interestedly, I actually blind tasted this wine against the 2001 Harlan Grand Vin. That wine was more openly fruity on the palate, with more complexity and more appeal. It was also smoother and less tannic. The Harlan was easier to like now, and I actually incorrectly guessed it was the Maiden because of its openness and softness. While I preferred the Grand Vin, the difference was far too small considering the price gap.
March 24, 2016 - Not showing much personality. Balanced with nothing out of place, but somehow I wanted more. All spit and polish. Whereas most wines in this 2001 California Cab tasting showed lots of structure, with many wines needing more time, this one didn't have those attributes. It was pleasant, and it may not sound that way, but I liked it.
December 26, 2015 - Nice an elegant. Silky smooth with vanilla and oak. Medium long finish.
August 14, 2015 - What first hit me about this wine straight out of the bottle and into the decanter is that it has a strong flavor of fennel seed in the late body too early finish. As the wind developed, this is a dark brooding fruit wine with volcanic middle reality sitting in the body. There are some aromatics like the fennel that persist but become more diffuse and multilayered as the wind breeze. I think this one will drink for another decade. Sadly I don't have another bottle to drink over that time.
July 12, 2015 - Not the best bottle of this. Seemed heavy and a bit tart. Did not have the purity and complexity of the best bottles. No score.