1992 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
...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. Dazzling wines! I urge interested readers to get their names on the winery's mailing list if they want to purchase these wines.
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.)
Herbaceous, if a touch funky and earthy. Dense and chewy, with subdued dried berry fruit and more evident tannins. (Web 2010)