I am very pleased to offer the wines from Harlan Estate in the Napa.

Harlan Estate is one of Napa’s most prominent wine producers, self-styled as a Napa “first growth” and one of the original icons from the Region. The vineyard is located in the Oakville AVA, in the hills above the famous Martha’s Vineyard (Heitz Cellar) and To Kalon Vineyard famed by Robert Mondavi Winery and Andy Beckstoffer.

It’s Cabernet Sauvignon-based flagship wine is one of California’s most sought-after wines, regularly commanding prices which keep rising.

The estate was founded in 1984 by property developer William Harlan, who had cut his teeth at the Merryvale winery and Meadowood lodge before buying 240 acres (97 hectares) of land in the Oakville hills. Some 40 acres (16ha) of this was cleared for vineyards, mostly planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, but with some Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Harlan Estate’s first commercial vintage was the 1990, which was released in 1996 with a then-expensive price tag of $65 a bottle. Since then, the estate has cemented itself as a cult wine producer. With five vintages achieving 100-point scores from Robert Parker the prices have risen exponentially, and finding good supply has been difficult.

It is not often I get such a good selection of back vintages but have scoured around and come up with a nice selection of back vintages. All wines offered come from mailing list customers and have been stored in temperature controlled cellars so have excellent provenance. Delivery is 4-6 weeks.

Offer as follows,

2 bottles x 75cl, 2010 Harlan Estate @ £760 per bottle

 98+ points….”I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 2010 Harlan Estate inch closer to perfection over the next decade. Surprisingly supple for this vintage, while this cuvee is not usually that flamboyant or exuberant in its youth, the 2010 is sensual and performing remarkably well. Its deep purple color is accompanied by notions of charcoal, graphite, camphor, creme de cassis, barbecue smoke and blackberries. As usual, this complex effort reminds me of a hypothetical blend of a great Pauillac and Graves (such as La Mission Haut-Brion). Rich, full-bodied and softer than I would have expected in this vintage, it is a prodigious, multidimensional, compelling wine. It requires 3-5 years of bottle age and should drink well over the following 30+ years.”-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

1 case 3 x 75cl, 2009 Harlan Estate @ £2025 per case 3 (96 points The Wine Advocate)

2 bottles x 75cl, 2009 Harlan Estate @ £675 per bottle

1 case 3 x 75cl, 2008 Harlan Estate @ £1995 per case 3 (96 points The Wine Advocate)

1 bottle x 75cl, 2008 Harlan Estate @ £665 per bottle

1 case 3 x 75cl, 2007 Harlan Estate @ £3415 per case 3

100 points….”The prodigious 2007 Harlan Estate reminds me of a hypothetical blend of the 2002 with a touch of the controversial 1997. Dense plum/purple-colored with sweet aromas of barbecue smoke, blueberries, blackberries, cassis, licorice, hot rocks and subtle oak, it is a splendidly opulent, pure wine with a skyscraper-like texture as well as stunningly deep fruit that expands gracefully across the palate. The finish lasts nearly a full minute. Because of its overwhelming richness and sweet tannins, this brilliant wine seems to be approachable now, but I suspect further nuances and complexity will emerge after 4-5 years in the bottle. This wine will still be going strong at age 25-30. Like the offerings from its sister estate, Bond, these Harlan Estate offerings are uncompromisingly brilliant examples of Napa viticulture and winemaking at its finest. Kudos to proprietor Bill Harlan.” -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate. 

1 case 6 x 75cl, 2006 Harlan Estate @ £3850 per case 6 (96 points The Wine Advocate)

1 case 3 x 75cl, 2005 Harlan Estate @ £2040 per case 3 (98+ points The Wine Advocate)

1 case 3 x 75cl, 2004 Harlan Estate @ £2040 per case 3 (98 points The Wine Advocate)

2 bottles x 75cl, 2002 Harlan Estate @ £800 per bottle 

100 points…”The extraordinary Harlan Estate, which I awarded 100 points seven years ago, offers no justifiable reason to doubt its perfect score. It is still a baby, with an inky purple color and notes of smoky camphor intermixed with creme de cassis, Asian soy and a hint of cedar beginning to emerge as well as some espresso and subtle damp forest floor notes. The wine has awesome intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, a skyscraper-like texture, and a finish that goes on for close to a minute. This is a perfect wine, still youthful and young, and not even in full adolescence as of 2012. It has 40 or more years ahead of it, but should hit its plateau of full maturity in another 5-10 years. It is certainly one of the most showy , flamboyant and remarkable Harlan Estates made to date. (More recently, the 2007 tends to resemble this wine more than any other vintage I can think of.) Kudos to Bill Harlan!” -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.  

1 case 1 x 150cl, 1998 Harlan Estate @ £1185 per case 1

95 points….”The 1998, which is a candidate for the “Wine of the Vintage,” was produced from yields of 0.9 tons per acre. There are only 1,100 cases, and it is the first Harlan Estate to be composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A spectacular achievement, it boasts an opaque plum/purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of espresso, mineral, blueberry, blackberry, tobacco, licorice, Asian spice, and roasted meat smells. In the mouth, it is seamless, full-bodied, with an unctuous texture, gorgeously sweet tannin, and layer upon layer of concentration. This is a tour de force in wine making. It is hard to believe that a wine such as this has emerged from 1998. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2030.” -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.   

1 case 3 x 75cl, 1996 Harlan Estate @ £2040 per case 3

1 case 2 x 150cl, 1996 Harlan Estate @ £2870 per case 2

98 points….”The opaque purple-colored 1996 Harlan Estate reveals extraordinary intensity, a spicy, black currant, tobacco, cedar, and fruit cake-scented bouquet, full body, a texture oozing with glycerin and concentrated fruit, and moderate tannin in the blockbuster finish. It is one of the most concentrated and complete red wines one could hope to taste. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030.”-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

1 case 2 x 150cl, 1995 Harlan Estate @ £2970 per case 2

1 case 1 x 150cl, 1995 Harlan Estate @ £1485 per case 1  

 99 points….”The 1995 Proprietary Red Wine is almost as perfect as the 1994. It has gotten even better in the bottle, and remains one of the most remarkable young Cabernet Sauvignons I have tasted. The wine, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, was aged in 100% new oak, which adds subtle pain grille/toasty scents. This opaque purple-colored Cabernet offers up a nose of smoke, coffee beans, black and blue fruits, minerals, and roasted herbs. It is extremely full-bodied, with spectacular purity, exquisite equilibrium, and a seamless personality with everything in total harmony. The finish lasts for more than 40 seconds. This extravagantly rich, profoundly complex 1995 will give its 1994 sibling a run for its money. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2027.” -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.   

4-6 weeks delivery. Let me know what is of interest and I will confirm.

All wines offered under Bond. Subject to remaining unsold.

E & OE.

Thank you

Alex

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