Well, thanks to a friend this was my first taste of Harlan. Since I have not had any experience with past bottles vintages etc I will not score but I will give my limited opinion. First the color, dark as night. Smell was of dark fruit to me . The taste well thats a little harder for me to describe but a toss between blackberry,in a jammy kinda way like smuckers boysenberry . It took awhile to Open up in the glass as my first taste made my tongue pucker up. It was real smooth . I will admit I'm glad I didn't spring for the bottle as I would have been a little disappointed. It's not something I would buy even if I could afford it. I feel when you hit a certain price range QPR goes out the window so I wont go there . It was good but not the Holy Sh@t good I was expecting . People talk about that perfect bottle That opened their mind and left them speechless with a big grin on their face. Thats a little more than I was expecting but I definitely wasn't expecting ehhh its good but really how much ?
Popped and poured. Started out spicy and lots of berry with the alcohol showing. After an hour it opened up and became smoother and the alcohol became less apparent. Not a fuit bomb but def new world. It got better as the meal went on . Probably not worth the 54 bucks but was a good wine if you like that style of shiraz. I have had more over the top fruit punch than this from down under so I guess not a bad effort overall.