Harlan Estate 2012

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Harlan  Estate  2012
$869.95

SKU 720

750ml

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Winemakers believe that the land speaks to them of possibilities. A winemaker's goal is to express those possibilities, to capture the best of what the land has to offer. As the vines get older, their characteristic power becomes more elegant. Working with older vines is very different from working with younger vines. It's not possible fully to understand a place and its potential in one year, or in ten, or in one lifetime. How many chances does a vintner get to learn about a site one vintage at a time? And how many vintages does it take to develop a history of experience that you can use as a foundation for interpolation or artistic expression or methodology to bring out the best character of a site? I've worked with this land for more than twenty years now, and I feel that it is truly just the beginning.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Region United States, Napa Valley
Brand Harlan
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Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Harlan Estate is reminiscent of their 2002. Probably a candidate for perfection with another 4-5 years of bottle age, the wine is inky plum/purple to the rim and offers a gorgeous nose of scorched earth, blackberry and cassis, forest floor, and a floral, lavender-like component followed by deep, opulent, majestic flavors that caress the palate with high but sweet tannin. This is relatively evolved, and supple and voluptuous for a young Harlan estate - hence the comparison with their compelling 2002. This wine can be drunk in several years and is likely another candidate for 30-50 years of cellaring.

Robert Parker, October 2015
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Wine SpectatorDusty, loamy tannins provide the outline, with a crushed rock-laced mix of dried berry, sage and cedary oak. Still very tight and oaky, but time should resolve that, as this ends elegantly, with spice and firm tannins. To be released spring 2016. Best from 2017 through 2030. 2,748 cases made.

James Laube, November 15, 2015