Red

1994 Harlan Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2004 - 2024 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 121

  • aquacongas Likes this wine: 99 points

    March 10, 2020 - not blind
    a perfect bottle, still too Young. 99+

  • Zweder wrote: 98 points

    March 7, 2020 - Occasional dinner group: Great whites and Cult Napa (@ Merlet): Drank this 1994 beside the 2004. The wines are almost identical. The 1994 just slightly more developed, but also still plenty of future. See my previous notes. Delicious wine.

  • Ex-Ray Likes this wine: 100 points

    February 5, 2020 - Another perfect wine at its peak, went beautifully with a NY Strip! Still garnet and completely opaque, no sign of brown at the edges. Powerful complex aroma full of cassis, with subtle French oak and herbal notes and some cedar and leather. This is just pure cabernet sauvignon at its absolute finest! Very viscous, with slow moving "legs". On the palate, full-bodied but not a "fruit bomb", is much more the style of a great Left Bank Bordeaux, similar to La Mission or Latour, very rich and full without being coarse or heavy. The balance with acidity and tannin is excellent. Alcohol is higher than any Bordeaux, which sets it apart. In short, this is fabulous, tastes much younger and more vibrant than its 25 years, is at its peak, fully mature, but isn't going downhill anytime soon. A real treat to taste, especially how it evolves over a several hours evening.
    Ric

  • Lord of the Bottles wrote:

    December 16, 2019 - 1994 California Cabernet Blind Tasting (Michelangelo Hotel, New York): Fungi nose which worked but very oxidative palate and overly green taste. Seems bottle variation. Score withheld.

  • 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!

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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 14 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,445 (68%)
  • Consumed 672 (32%)

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