2018 Harlan Estate, The Maiden, Napa Valley, Case of 3 Btls JS95
2013 Harlan Estate, The Maiden, Napa Valley, Case of 6 btls RP95/JS95
2015 Harlan Estate, The Maiden, Napa Valley, Case of 6 btls JS96/RP95
2018 Harlan Estate, The Maiden, Napa Valley, Case of 6 Btls JS95
2002 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) RP100
2002 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Magnum (1.5L) RP100
2010 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) AG100/JS100
2012 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) RP99+
2012 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Case of 6 btls RP99+
2015 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Case of 3 Btls RP100/JD100
2015 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Case of 6 btls RP100/JD100
2015 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Magnum (1.5L) RP100/JD100
2016 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Case of 2 Magnum RP100/JS100
2016 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Case of 3 Magnum RP100/JS100
2016 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Case of 6 btls RP100/JS100
2016 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Magnum (1.5L) RP100/JS100
2017 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) RP97+
2018 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) LP100/JS100
2019 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Magnum (1.5L) RP100/LP100/JS100
2019 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) RP100/LP100/JS100
2019 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Case of 3 Btls RP100/LP100/JS100
2020 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley  OWC, Magnum (1.5L) LP100/JS99
1991 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) RP98
2005 Harlan Estate, The Maiden, Napa Valley, Case of 3 Btls RP94

Harlan Estate: "First Growth in California"

A true luminary among Napa Valley's cult wines, Harlan Estate is widely considered to be a "First Growth" of California, crafting exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon that occupies the highest tiers of the market. Founded by visionary property developer Bill Harlan, who also created the luxurious Meadowood resort and renowned wineries like Bond and Promontory, Harlan Estate epitomizes excellence in every sense of the word. Their success stems from meticulous terroir selection and uncompromising winemaking, resulting in captivating wines that have earned a devoted following and high praise from critics.

Harlan Estate History

"Harlan Estate might be the single most profound red wine made not just in California, but in the world."
- Robert M. Parker Jr.

When Bill Harlan set foot in Napa, he had a singular ambition—to create a "first growth" estate in California that would rank among the world's finest wine producers. This vision became a reality with Harlan Estate, but it was far from an overnight success. Despite Robert Parker's glowing description of their second commercial release as "a profoundly great wine," Bill invested years in meticulous site selection and strategic planning to lay the foundation for his "first growth" estate. The 36-acre Oakville vineyard emerged as a crucial contributor to the estate's monumental achievements. Over time, Harlan Estate garnered an astounding twenty 100-point scores, making it one of Napa's leading “cult wines,” known for its glowing reviews, limited quantities, and devoted cult following. Bill Harlan's dream of crafting a California wine of "first growth" caliber came to fruition through his unwavering dedication to quality and passion for winemaking.

 

Harlan Estate Wine: Crafting a Legacy

The mastermind behind Harlan Estate, Bill Harlan, led a fascinating life before his foray into the wine world. From flying planes and pursuing a career as a professional poker player to sailing around the globe, Bill's adventures knew no bounds. It was in the 1950s, during his time as a student at UC Berkeley, that he developed an interest in wine upon visiting Napa. In 1979, Bill acquired the Meadowood resort with the intention of transforming it into a winery. However, a conversation with Robert Mondavi revealed that this plan was ill-suited due to the poor soils and cool climate of the property. Inspired by Mondavi, Harlan embarked on a five-week tour of the top estates in Bordeaux and Burgundy. This journey became the catalyst for what would later become Harlan Estate.

In 1984, Bill Harlan acquired a 230-acre property in Oakville, just west of the famed Martha's vineyard. This site would eventually become the home of Harlan Estate. Emulating what he had learned on his tour, Harlan chose a hillside vineyard that offered ideal drainage and optimal sun exposure, ensuring the vines received the best conditions for growth. Over the next few years, he fine-tuned his wines, biding his time before releasing the inaugural vintage in 1996, emphasizing the unwavering pursuit of quality. A formidable winemaking team, including Bob Levy, Don Weaver, and esteemed consultant Michel Rolland, played a pivotal role in this endeavor.

Harlan Vineyard

At the heart of Harlan Estate lies the dynamic 36-acre vineyard, which can be divided into 24 individual blocks. With elevations ranging from 225 feet at the base to 1225 feet at its peak, these steep slopes provide excellent drainage and ample sun exposure, resulting in superior fruit production. The vineyard boasts an average vine age of 35 years, consisting of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. Over time, Harlan Estate has transitioned towards dry farming, with approximately 72% of their vineyards following this sustainable practice as of 2022.

Harlan Wine: Nurturing Perfection

True to the essence of great wines, Harlan Estate's winemaking journey commences in the vineyard. A meticulous selection process ensures only the finest fruit is utilized, with the aim of creating wines characterized by an elegant texture and complexity. The grapes undergo fermentation in 100% new oak barrels and age for 24 to 36 months, depending on the vintage. The end result is a luxuriously rich and concentrated wine, showcasing remarkable purity of fruit, polished elegance, and outstanding aging potential. These exceptional wines have become synonymous with unparalleled quality and epitomize the pinnacle of Napa Valley's viticulture.

The Maiden: Harlan Estate's 2nd Wine

While Harlan wines commands premium prices, connoisseurs have a chance to experience the essence of the estate through The Maiden. Introduced in 1995, this second wine offers a compelling expression of Harlan's viticultural prowess at a more accessible price point. The Maiden is crafted with the same attention to detail and commitment to quality as its flagship counterpart, showcasing the exceptional character of Harlan's hillside vineyards. While more approachable in its youth, The Maiden embodies the complexity and finesse synonymous with the Harlan name. Robert Parker has praised The Maiden, calling it "a beautiful wine. Always more evolved, precocious and very sexy.” Awarding it 97 points, James Suckling describes the 2014 vintage as having “Incredible floral and walnut undertones with a bright berry and currant character. Very aromatic and refined…linear and focused,” noting its serious aging potential.

Harlan Label

The Weaver Library and Cellar, which houses Don Weaver’s one-of-a-kind collection of banknotes and tools that were used to inspire the original Harlan Estate label, as well as the labels for Bond, Maiden, Mascot, Promontory and of course, The Napa Valley Reserve

Harlan Wines: Embracing Excellence

Bill Harlan's relentless pursuit of excellence has truly fashioned one of the world's most dynamic and captivating wines, a labor that spanned years. Today, Harlan Estate stands as an iconic and forward-thinking establishment, cherished by exclusive mailing list members who gain access to its offerings year after year. Essential for every collector and connoisseur of Napa Valley wines, Harlan Estate defines the region and has played a pivotal role in elevating the overall quality of its wines. There's no better time than now to add a bottle of Harlan Estate wine to your esteemed collection, for it embodies the very essence of Napa Valley's vinicultural greatness.

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