An opulent and refined wine from an outstanding vintage in Napa, this truly great example of Harlan Estate brims with aromas and flavors of dark cherries, blackberries, Italian coffee and cacao; on the palate it’s silky with rounded tannins and a sustained finish. The Wine Advocate said it’s a “prodigious, multidimensional, compelling wine.” This is sublime bottling that will be a gem in any wine collection.
Galloni swooned, rating this 100 and saying "The 2010 Harlan Estate is a total head-turner. Powerful, dense and exotically ripe – as so many wines are in this vintage – the 2010 dazzles with magnificent intensity. Baritone inflections run through the black cherry, graphite, smoke, tar and licorice flavors. Heat spikes at the end of what was generally a cold growing season yielded wines that bring together structure and fruit density.
When it comes to wine pioneers credited with building Napa Valley's reputation as a producer of ultra luxury Cabernets, Bill Harlan may be second only to Robert Mondavi. In 1984, the then Northern California real estate developer and founder of Meadowood Resort and Spa made it his mission to produce the greatest red wine in California, a Napa Valley Grand Cru. After purchasing 240 acres in Oakville and planting 40 with Bordeaux grapes, Harlan teamed up two of the world's greatest winemakers, California's Bob Levy and Bordeaux' Michel Rolland, aka The Flying Winemaker.