The Napa Valley Reserve is an ultra-exclusive invitation-only private wine club founded by William Harlan of Harlan Estate and Bond. Members include many prominent celebrities and politicians.
Membership costs over $175,000 and members are invited to join lavish dinners, and enjoy the wine-making process.
Members must also purchase an allotment of wine each year, and this wine is not allowed to be resold by its members for risk of losing membership privileges.
This is why you never see these bottles come up for sale.
The wine is spectacular, designed for consumption by the worlds most discerning tastes. The quality of Napa Valley Reserve is equivalent to Harlan Estate in anyone’s opinion who’s tried it.
The blend is Bordeaux in style, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and possibly Cabernet Franc.
How good is this bottle of wine you may ask? Well it’s made just the same as Harlan Estate. Same wine maker, same equipment, same style. You’re essentially getting the same wine that Harlan sells for $900+ per bottle. For much much less money and a higher rarity! I’ve tried this wine and it is amazing!
This 1997 Napa Valley Reserve was the inaugural vintage. I’ve sold these before and the buyers have raved about this particular vintage. I have included a photo of the inaugural vintage letter for reference.
For reference, the 1997 Harlan Estate was 100 Points Robert Parker. Here is the tasting note from the 1997 Harlan
The 1997 Harlan Estate is one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines I have ever tasted. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this enormously-endowed, profoundly rich wine must be tasted to be believed. Opaque purple-colored, it boasts spectacular, soaring aromatics of vanilla, minerals, coffee, blackberries, licorice, and cassis. In the mouth, layer after layer unfold powerfully yet gently. Acidity, tannin, and alcohol are well-balanced by the wine’s unreal richness and singular personality. The finish exceeds one minute. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2030.
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.