2006 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Intense aromas of black pepper, blueberry, blackberry, tar, and black licorice. Full bodied, with amazing length and a toned muscular character. This lasts for minutes. Like a world class ballerina. It is held back and beautiful. Please leave this alone until 2015!
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Harlan Estate has turned out better than I originally predicted. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by classic aromas of creme de cassis, melted licorice, smoked meats, burning embers, and graphite... great balance. A candidate for 'wine of the vintage', this dense, full-bodied effort has 25+ years of life ahead of it. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Captivating aromas of redcurrant, sage, leather and game, lifted by a floral note. A sweet, juicy midweight, quite primary and closed today but with lovely inner-mouth floral lift apparent already. This is about sweetness more than sheer opulence. Most impressive today on the very long, building finish, which features suave but firm tannins and excellent lift to its lingering flavors of red fruits, forest floor and tobacco. A great performance for the year and sure to be long-lived. (ST)
Here’s a big, flashy, cult-style wine if ever there was one. It offers masses of blackberries, black currants, coffee, spices and new oak. Vastly rich, it defines the Harlan Estate style, although, in this vintage, perhaps not quite at its highest expression. Nonetheless the wine is fat and unctuous and immediately drinkable, thanks to refined tannins.
Still displaying the youthful presence of gutsy, chewy tannins, the core of earth, mocha, currant and blackberry notes remains solid, and the density is impressive as the flavors coat the palate, with detailed nuances. Ends with drying tannins and a future ahead. (JL, Web-2016)