2016 Harlan Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville

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Community Tasting Note

  • csimm1161 wrote: 99 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): Essentially a younger and more rambunctious version of the 2012, which is a great sign of things to come. Powerful and heady on entry, with blackberry liqueur, charcoal, graphite, and black raspberry notes drop solidly mid-palate, further complimented by tobacco and currant flavors. With a girthy push, the core is catapulted hurriedly to the back end, finishing with a thrust of blackberry, earth, and alcohol. The booze washes over the profile with persistence but does not ultimately distract from the experience of enjoying the striking fruit.

    A very intense and brawny sample that will need at least a decade to get into full stride. It has the draw of the 2016 vintage and a saturating depth that is unmatched among other houses in the neighborhood, but I do wonder if it will go through a bit of a shutdown period at some point. I always hate using those ‘shut down’ and ‘awkward phase’ terminologies, especially when describing what MIGHT happen to a wine down the road, but this particular wine, as awesome as it is, also evokes a sense of having to work a few things out before it develops into the stallion I am confident it will ultimately become. It may lap the 2012 in the long haul, if it’s possible to lap a wine I already gave 100 points to. 98-99+ points for the 2016.

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  • I'd Rather Be Drinking Wine commented:

    6/12/21, 6:31 PM - Hi CSIMM, nice note as always! May I inquire how you were able to visit all those wineries? Seems like one heck of a trip! I am hoping to get out to Napa this year. I am pretty sure I can get into Harlan and Promontory, but I wouldn't mind getting into some of the others you visited! Do you, or someone in your party belong to all the wineries, or did you, or someone have some connections? My e-mail is jmponfil at gmail dot com, if you prefer email to posting here. Thanks for the note and hope to hear from you!

  • csimm1161 commented:

    6/17/21, 10:23 AM - Hi there. I just emailed you directly. Thanks!

  • I'd Rather Be Drinking Wine commented:

    6/17/21, 5:04 PM - Thank you!

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