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1995 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #995062 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1995 Harlan Estate is almost as perfect as the 1994. It has gotten even better in the bottle, and remains one of the most remarkable young Cabernet Sauvignons I have tasted. The wine, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, was aged in 100% new oak, which adds subtle pain grille/toasty scents. This opaque purple-colored Cabernet offers up a nose of smoke, coffee beans, black and blue fruits, minerals, and roasted herbs. It is extremely full-bodied, with spectacular purity, exquisite equilibrium, and a seamless personality with everything in total harmony. The finish lasts for more than 40 seconds. This extravagantly rich, profoundly complex 1995 will give its 1994 sibling a run for its money. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/1998)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Full saturated ruby. Knockout superripe nose of black plum, black raspberry, tobacco, minerals, brown spices and hot stones; distinct notes of torrefaction. Very dense and deep, with powerful backbone and great length on the palate. Like a great claret, the wine flavors go far beyond mere fruit. This is remarkably ripe for a California cab-based wine from this vintage, but has the spine for long development in bottle. (ST) 94+ Inner quote mark (5/1999)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Tight, sturdy and slow to evolve, with firm, concentrated dried currant, sage, plum, tobacco and black cherry flavors, gaining depth and nuance while retaining a sense of elegance and finesse. (JL, Web Only-2010) Inner quote mark

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The 1995 Harlan Estate is a massive, luscious wine, laden with blackberry fruit, mocha and more evolved aromas of plums and cedar. This packs quite a textural punch, and while at 22 years of age it is remarkably fruit-forward it is by no means monolithic. While my preference is for what I sense are the more refined, detailed and savoury qualities of more recent vintages, there is no denying this wine's hedonistic appeal and monumental scale! (WK) Inner quote mark (11/2017)


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