Red

2004 Harlan Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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  • Jz71 Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 5, 2019 - Had we decanted this, it may have improved this score. Popped and poured in a restaurant. Great texture. Massive structure. I think a 4+ hour decant could have elevated this to a 95, but no more. Not the greatest Harlan, ever. But excellent, nonetheless.

  • Elpaninaro wrote:

    June 8, 2019 - Approx 4 ounce pour from bottle opened several hours prior

    Darkish red color with some bricking at the rim, attractive nose of maturing fruit but also a distinct pickle note comingled with unresolved oak, on the palate the wine was almost mechanically smooth- like a gushing of water from a fountain in which not a single drop strays from the main stream, and all fruit- cassis and cherry with a good dose of dark fruits and hints of chocolate, however it seemed remote in a way- far off in the distance while being surrounded by a visibly aging structure, the fruit itself was quite primary, a perfectly pleasant- even good wine- but lacking the sort of secondary and tertiary development one expects when aging most very high end wines, for what it is- a wine I think that was showing its best within a few years of release. **, drink up.

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  • Cailles wrote:

    May 21, 2019 - Harlan Vertical (Zurich): Nine Vintages of Harlan. Some conclusions/highlights? Harlan is certainly one of the most consistently elegant, feminine Napa wines. Wonderfully smooth structure and texture, airiness in the best possible way. Exceptional! Still, they’re not light and come with a very good aromatic pressure and complexity. While the most recent vintages showed close to perfection, the vintages from the 90s didn‘t live up to expectations. Unfortunately, they (and I include the 2004) all seemed on the downward path showing signs of fatigue with some unwanted tones on the nose (not palate) despite a most perfect provenance. The younger vintages (coming not from 10 but 30+ year old wines) will certainly have a much longer life. The best wine was the 2012, followed by 2014, 2013 and 2005. Especially the young vintages are certainly among the best Napa has to offer and worth buying.

    TN: The nose was dead showing only age notes. Only after two+ hours in the glass it showed a bit improved with some other aromas complementing the age aromas. One out of the three bottles served (at another table) didn’t had that and showed quite well. To my surprise, the palate showed quite good with lots of red fruit, some dark fruit, fresh herbs, wet rock. The structure is as good as with the other wines with ultra-fine tannins and a well-integrated acidity. Balance and harmony on high levels. The palate would have deserved a 94/95 rating. As at least one out of three showed great with no signs of fatigue, I refrain from a rating.

    Decanting: 2.5h slow-ox, 80 minutes in the glass. I wouldn’t decant the wine.

  • sirpat007 wrote: 92 points

    May 21, 2019 - Harlan vertical (Clouds restaurant, Zurich): Harlan vertical of 9 vintages over 25 years (1994-96, 2004-06, 2012-14), quite rare apparently and not many of these happening outside of Switzerland – benefit of living in a high GDP per capita country I guess. All wines excelled distinctly with softness, elegance and feminine showings as well as perfectly integrated tannins, especially for the naughties. Wine of the night was 2012 with 2005 the runner-up and 2014 not far behind. The 1990ies showed early signs of tiring unfortunately, but maybe not a big surprise given vines were only about 10 years old back then. Francois Vignaud, an associate with Harlan, co-hosted the event and shared plenty of insights. See the tasting story for more on this. As we were explained, the 1990ies represented the childhood years for this still rather recent estate (founded 1984, first vintage 1990). The 2000s were characterized as the teenage years in slightly warmer vintages where you have to careful with the 2001-04 (all still very powerful) but where the 2005 and 2006 are reaching ideal levels of integration now. The 2010s, finally, Francois highlighted that the estate felt they arrived exactly where they wanted to be in terms of how Harlan understands their product and that they have never produced better wines than today. All bottles were opened 2.5h before the start.

    Over-aged was the first impression with beef juice and soy aromas overshadowing a ripe fruit. Secondary flavours like (wet) tobacco leaves, aged leather and a tad char coal minerality were still discernible if you tried hard enough. The palate was still quite ok, however. We asked whether this was a faulty bottle but were told some just were like this from this vintage. Luckily a friendly wine companion from another table let me have a quick smell at his glass with juice from a different bottle and behold it was still perfectly fine. Amazingly, after >3h, my glass too found a short window where the oxidized soy type of flavours went in hiding and revealed lots of toast and a hot but not overripe fruit, quite similar to the outstanding 2005 in fact. Maybe shouldn't be scoring actually. Mine was NR but the quick glimpse I caught of a good bottle was solid.

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  • nywine68 wrote: 93 points

    May 13, 2019 - Zachy's Harlan Dinner (Riverpark Restaurant, New York): Clearly a much younger wine. Perhaps these younger vintages will come around and open up but I found them a lot less enjoyable than the vintages from the 1990s. This was not nearly as expressive on the nose. Tannic and monolithic with a little bit of heat.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Harlan Estate
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
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  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 1000000000239, 833959003439

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  • Pending Delivery 49 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3,821 (69%)
  • Consumed 1,650 (30%)

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