Red

2012 Harlan Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 39

  • Onegooddan wrote: 100 points

    September 15, 2021 - Harlan luncheon at Mooo Boston with a vineyard director. This wine is incredible and ineffable. Huge nose of black and blue fruit, leather, vanilla, spice, chocolate. Crisp but smooth acidity, silky tannins, rich full body, very long finish—over 75 sec. Next to an excellent Napa Pinot I realize how beautifully restrained and balanced this is. To me this is the American cousin of Lafite and just that much more well-rounded and likable. If wine is the art of agriculture, this is a masterpiece.

  • csimm1161 wrote: 100 points

    July 27, 2021 - Vice Versa weekend and dinner: I got all ramped-up to write about this wine and then just re-read my notes from 4/30/2021 that basically say it all (so, refer to those notes if you want to read my novella from April). This was probably my favorite wine of the weekend. It is just so perfectly balanced, smooth, and complex. The depth is extraordinary, as in EXTRA awesome. A 2015 Promontory (as well as a number of the amazing Vice Versa wines) were nipping at the heels of this Harlan, but I can’t deny my complete adoration and affection for this amazing wine. It is an emotional response for me.

    When CT’er Cristal2000 said he was considering popping the cork on this bottle, I tried to play it off casually, like that would be a wine “worth exploring” or some sort of snobby academic reply that made me think I was saying something only mildly suggestive as to the merits of opening it for “the other people.” Of course, what I really meant was, “Um, I want. Me drink. Now please.”

    And yes, I hear it constantly. “But is it worth it, really?” Hell, I dunno. Generally speaking, it doesn’t put a roof over my head or cure me from cancer, so in that vein, I guess it’s not worth it. It is for me. Well, is it a bummer that it is in the top price bracket that it is…as in, it’s own bracket, leaving almost all Napa Cabs in the fiscal dust for only the elite to sample? Of course it’s a bummer. But if a Ferrari was inexpensive and everyone had one, it wouldn’t be a Ferrari. Regardless, if I (meaning me…not anyone else) had to have just one wine before I die kind of thing, this is at the top of my list.

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  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 99 points

    June 18, 2021 - Brooding, dark and seducing aromas of fruit straight from the pour. As I go in closer, I'm finding a mélange of macerated black and dark blue berries, a contrast of bitterness from something similar to tar and a pristine forest floor with soft but fully grown undergrowth (something like moss, grass and ferns).

    Incredible flavors. On the palate there was deep dark black fruits with shades of purple, pure forest floor, pleasant bitter embers, black lead, bitter minerals and dried tree bark on the finish. To even pick flavors out is not doing this justice; this is such a well integrated blend and melding of flavors. Age played a part here as for some reason, I imagined the flavors for a younger bottling would be a bit wilder and unrestrained. This had amazing balance while still being able to exhibit an impressive streamlining of flavors. This one goes into the magic potion category.

    With that being said, the length on the finish was disappointing. It's still really good of ~24-28 seconds but for the price tag, I expected this to go past the minute mark easy. At some point in time while drinking this, I began to realize a good portion of the price tag is probably in the name (and it hurts). I hate how much I enjoyed this. I have to admit it's one of the best wines I've ever tasted.

    Some real questions that were thrown at me:

    Is this something you have to get?
    Probably not.

    Is this something you should try at least once?
    Definitely and make sure it's for an occasion where you can share with someone you care about and are able to really indulge in this.

    If you're a rich made MF, salute as none of this is even a concern to you.

    5 people found this helpful Comments (22)
  • Caveman999 Likes this wine:

    May 29, 2021 - Beat wine ever. 4 hour decant and so smooth. Rich fruit w

  • Caveman999 wrote:

    May 29, 2021 - To celebrate maddies graduation. 4 hour decant. Very smooth. Berry, fruit with solid under notes to give it a lot of body. Sneers so yummy

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Harlan Estate
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville
  • UPC Codes 1000000000239, 1000000000240

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 110 (2%)
  • In Cellars 4,760 (83%)
  • Consumed 866 (15%)

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