Red

2016 Harlan Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 12

  • Occasional_wine_guy Likes this wine: 98 points

    September 22, 2021 - Tasted at Harlan in Oakville. This was fantastically young right now but wow. After letting it sit for as long as I could muster (it smelled so good), I smelled and tasted dark fruits, graphite, menthol, spices, and earth. Probably more. So layered! Can't wait to try in like 2028

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  • D'Yquembe Mutumbo wrote: 95 points

    August 5, 2021 - To be sure, this wine is way too young to drink right now for me, it's still very primary, but man is it a big wine right now with insane concentration and intensity. Just a wave of purple and red berries here but not an oaky fruit bomb like some other Napa wines we tried. If you have the money and like a very big wine this will be interesting to try starting in 2028 and definitely has room for improvement.

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  • 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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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 100 points

    April 23, 2021 - See my previous notes for just how in love I am with this bottle of wine. Having it right next to a 12 showed its youth, with a bit more alcohol to integrate while waiting on some of those secondary and tertiary flavors to emerge. Nevertheless, this is simply a stunning achievement that sets it apart even in perhaps the best vintage in recent memory in Napa. The only thing that will make it more perfect is bottle age, so if you don't have many $1000 bottles to experiment with, then I'd say hold off 4-5 more years at least.

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  • steinersing wrote: 97 points

    April 11, 2021 - Density and expressiveness is impressive. And irrespective of the opulent fruit there is also a strain of acidity. Very drinkable.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • 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 Code 1000000000239

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  • Pending Delivery 130 (4%)
  • In Cellars 3,156 (93%)
  • Consumed 116 (3%)

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