Ratings & Tasting notes:
Robert Parker: 99 Points
The 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.
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider: 99 Points
Deep, dark ruby with blue, purple accents in color. Notes of smoke, vanilla, boysenberry, blackberry, cassis and campfire embers create the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is… (full tasting notes on the WCI website). (22-Sep-2015)
James Suckling: 98 Points
This shows incredible lavender aromas with Provencal undertones of violets, dark fruits such as blueberry and blackberry, and some walnut. Full body plus ultra fine tannins that build on the finish. It really comes on with a rolling tannin structure. Tightly wound. A muscular and elegant wine with superb tone. A fresh and bright Harlan. This wine has levity, as the winemaker likes to say. Try in 2020. (29-Jul-2015)
Asian Palate Jeannie Cho Lee: 97 Points.
Full, generous and filled with mocha, dark chocolate and blackberry notes. Tobacco and ripe plums with mixed dark berries. Velvety firm tannins, packed with flavors. Long finish. 2012 was a wonderful growing season that did not have much rainfall and this balance is reflected in the wine. Reducing irrigation now and evolving viticulture with time – vine age average is about 25 years old. Tasted in: Napa Valley, USA. Maturity: Young. (25-Aug-2014)
Prefect provenance. Stored in a professional wine storage facility on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase. Shipped direct from Harlan Estate to us.
Label: No Damage
Capsule: Wax top. No damage. New.
Fill Level: High neck
Comes with original paper wrap, although wrap isn’t perfect as shown.