Okay so I will be the first to admit that I may score this higher because of the name. But I was expecting 100 pts from this. This is a knockout wine. Just blows the doors off the place however in my opinion it was not better than the winter which is a fraction of the cost. This is still a powerhouse of a wine and outstanding. Loaded with fruit still. This could age another decade easily. You can start to get those secondary characteristics which made it amazing because it was so fluid that all the components blended together but were distinct. It was hard to describe. Phenomenal and something to remember.
Quite mature in appearance but still extremely saturated in colour. The nose is very warm and has significant VA lift but also beautifully pure and intense cassis aromas. Very dimensional nose that features refined oak handling, some farmyard and hints of herbal notes. In the mouth, very full bodied with a warm alcoholic finish and a plush texture. Very complex and layered, if not profound - this is new wave Napa in an extremely accomplished manner. Long and complete - a fabulous wine in the Harlan style. Drinking well now but I am reasonably certain this has at least 10 years of positive evolution ahead of it. 94+
90s Napa Cabernet Dinner (Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant, Forum): In this flight, 3 wines from different price range were put together for blind tasting. Third wine in the flight, deep garnet with vibrant crimson hue, the darkest colour in this flight. Decanted for 1hour+ but still tight and pungent. After another hour in the glass it gradually open up to show complex and fragrant nose of blackcurrant, plum, pepper, mint and hints of tobacco. Still big and youthful palate, opulent wine and structured, showing ripe fruits, blackcurrant, chocolate, peppery notes and hints of oak. Strong mid-palate, ripe and grippy tannins, finishes long. Not a fantastic wine but it could be the star or the Vin de Garde of 1998 Napa Cab judging from the difficult vintage. It did impressed me with ripe and primary fruits that showing good aging potential. Best among the 3 1998 tasted tonight. 14.5% ABV, same as Stag's Leap Cask 23.
HKCC NY Lunch. Decanted 1 hr. 750 ml. Appearance: super dark ink, black. Nose: concentrated red fruit medley, a little too uniform for me Taste: rich, fleshy, concentrated, but without classic old world notes. Cassis, brambles tart, vanilla sundae, etc. A lot of sediment, decant carefully. My first Harlan...sorry, but not in my cellar in the near future.. (affordability, and personal liking...)
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