1992 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
I was really impressed with the harmony to this Harlan. I wonder if new vintages will age as well? Bill Harlan, the owner of the Napa estate, assured me last summer that his new vintages would be equally great with age. However, I noticed the 1992 is only 13.5% alcohol. That's lower alcohol compared to his wines today. Anyway, the 1992 is very balanced today with mint and rosemary and dried fruit character. It's full-bodied, has super fine tannins and a long finish. Decant and serve.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The newest release, the 1992, offers a dense purple color, and a splendid sweet nose of minerals, blackcurrants, toast, and spice. Opulent and rich, with full body, and well-integrated sweet tannin, this expansive yet graceful wine possesses layers of flavor that caress the palate. The wine is accessible, yet still youthful and unformed. It should drink well for 20+ years. (RP)
Shaded ruby but with some brick at the rim. Very complex and less obvious, this really opened out in the glass - vindication of keeping Harlan. Quite rich and a very dry finish - rather Cabernet Franc-like aroma - still some quite furry tannins - much more than one would expect nowadays. I’m sure they pick later in the 21st century and would consciously avoid these more marked, quite refreshing tannins nowadays even though there is nothing wrong with them. (Don Weaver of Harlan Estate, by the way, says the most common letter they get is from a buyer who says they tasted a leftover the day after and how much better it tasted the next day.) 18.5/20 points.