Red

1994 Harlan Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 117

  • fclarity wrote: 96 points

    November 9, 2019 - From an excellent looking bottle with a low neck fill, this had a deep red/purple center with small light red rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth dried cherries, Napa red dust, anise, plum, and a touch of coco powder.

    In the mouth, this wine has a silky, light texture but a big flavor impact. While rich and ripe, it showed slightly tart fruit and bitter chocolate flavors that balanced out all that ripeness. It was high toned and the finish was awesome.

    This wine was still quite young from the standpoint of those looking for great old bottles. Not surprisingly, I recommend a 5+ hour decant. While tasting great right now, this wine had the suaveness, complexity, and balance to age for decades. There is no question that this was a world class wine. Very impressive!

  • Collector1855 wrote: 96 points

    November 8, 2019 - Napa Cult CabSav 1994 dinner (Singapore): Now we really enter the full throttle territory. Really rich wine here with dark fruit, the "more of everythign" Cru of the night. Lovely on the palate, the balance is there but an alcoholic touch on the finish made me make some deductions.

  • Zweder wrote: 99 points

    August 3, 2019 - Regular dinner group (@ JvT): Fantastic and perfumed bouquet with red and dark berries, oak and smoke. On the palate a beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness, red and dark berries, chocolate, elegance, some autumn impressions and still slightly drying tannin. For me personally Petrus 1995 was just a little more complete because the wine was a little more ready to drink. This Harlan still has a very good future and will probably improve with another 4+ years of ageing. 98 – 99

  • Dave77 Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 3, 2019 - Brief note from blind tasting yesterday at a friends place.
    A big and huge napa cab, broad shouldered and stil elegant in a way.
    Had stil a bit of a tannic grip and a palet supported by enough black and red fruit. This is still a beast, the drink between time above should be extended by at least 10 years. Compared to Petrus 1995 this was feeling much younger, but equally great.
    Thx to that same crazy friend ;-)

  • jshufelt wrote: 96 points

    July 11, 2019 - Slow-oxed 90 minutes before service. In the glass, deep indigo-red, very youthful appearance. On the nose, crushed blueberries and cedar. On the palate, currants, blueberries, cedar, a hint of smoke, and a slightly floral, slightly sweet, and very seductive mid-palate, with a long finish. Remarkably balanced wine, bouncing between fruit and complexity all night long, and one of the best cabs I've had in quite some time. While there are some tannins, they're silky and largely resolved, so now would be a good time to check in...

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/9/2012 (link) 96 points

    (Harlan Estate) Nearly opaque red violet color; lifted, ripe black currant, sweet tobacco, tarragon nose; tasty, ripe black fruit, black currant, mineral, tart black fruit, tarragon, tobacco palate; long finish

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  • By Lyle Fass
    9/19/2005 (link)

    (Harlan Estate) This had a decent nose of blueberries, smoke and toasty oak. Hot . . .hot . ..hot on the palate with syrupy fruit and a short finish. This bottle was impeccably stored and never moved since release. Really not good.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/25/2003 (link) 93 points

    (Harlan Estate) 1994 Cali Cabs Blindtasted (Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Bryant, Araujo, Abreu, Shafer HS) (Skirball Center, Los Angeles, California): Reticent berry nose; concentrated, cassis, strawberry, kirsch palate with firm, sweet tannins; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1994
  • Type Red
  • Producer Harlan Estate
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Code 1000000000239

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,423 (69%)
  • Consumed 640 (31%)

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