One Bottle (.750), $600
Ownership 40 acres. Production, 2,500+/- cases
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc & Merlot
2003-One of the most backward yet promising wines of the vintage is the 2003 Harlan Estate. Its dense opaque plum, purple color is accompanied by a sumptuous bouquet of graphite, camphor, creme de cassis, smoky barbecue wood and a hint of forest floor. Similar flavors hit the mouth with full bodied splendor, a multidimensional mouthfeel and texture, and the sensational finish lasts more than 45 seconds. Some tannins are still present, and this wine seems much younger than expected at ten years of age, so give it 4 to 5 more years of bottle age and consume it over the following 20 to 25 years. Drink: 2017 to 2042. Last tasted, 6/13. Rating, 98+. RP
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