Harlan Estate Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend 1994

$995

What can I say about the 1994? I have tasted the wine for three consecutive years, and each time it satisfied all of my requirements for perfection. The opaque purple color is followed by spectacular aromatics that soar from the glass, offering up celestial levels of black currants, minerals, smoked herbs, cedar wood, coffee, and pain grille. In the mouth, this seamless legend reveals full body, and exquisite layers of phenomenally pure and rich fruit, followed by a 40+ second finish. While accessible...It should easily last for 30+ years. Every possible jagged edge - acidity, alcohol, tannin, and wood - is brilliantly intertwined in what seems like a diaphanous format. What is so extraordinary about this large-scaled wine, with its dazzling display of aromatics and prodigious flavors and depth, is that it offers no hint of heaviness or coarseness. Harlan's 1994 comes close to immortality in the glass. Drink now-2027. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Shawn R Delectable Pro

Was waiting on a special moment to open this bottle. That came last weekend with @Martin G Rivard, Christine and Jennifer down in Palm Beach. Was amazed at how well this bottle has held up. Comes across as a classic left bank. Pulled the cork and let it breath for about an hour, you won’t be disappointed.

Was waiting on a special moment to open this bottle. That came last weekend with @Martin G Rivard, Christine and Jennifer down in Palm Beach. Was amazed at how well this bottle has held up. Comes across as a classic left bank. Pulled the cork and let it breath for about an hour, you won’t be disappointed.

9.6

Eric LaMasters

Plenty of life in this.

Plenty of life in this.

9.7

Doug Kahn Delectable Pro

The best vintage ever tasted from them

The best vintage ever tasted from them

9.3

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

These wines do gain complexity and as they age. The fruit and oak are relaxed with notes of black truffle and still showing some grip.

These wines do gain complexity and as they age. The fruit and oak are relaxed with notes of black truffle and still showing some grip.

8.9

George Chen Delectable Pro

Wow! I was worried because some 95-97 Cults all have gotten flabby! But this gem still had great acid balance and melted tannins with complex core of spices, leather, fruit compote and nuts. Was 100 points WS/WA and the best Harlan I've tasted to date! I think it might still have a quite a few years left to improve which I generally I would have suspected. Drank at Benu with Yun the Somm and friends!

Wow! I was worried because some 95-97 Cults all have gotten flabby! But this gem still had great acid balance and melted tannins with complex core of spices, leather, fruit compote and nuts. Was 100 points WS/WA and the best Harlan I've tasted to date! I think it might still have a quite a few years left to improve which I generally I would have suspected. Drank at Benu with Yun the Somm and friends!

9.7

Kenneth Korsbæk Delectable Pro

Vintage 1994

Vintage 1994

10

Brian Cronin Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier & Educator

Yes, this was the bottle had with Monte Cristo's

Yes, this was the bottle had with Monte Cristo's

10

Darin Kendrick Delectable Pro

For this bottle the rumors were not true. A stunning bottle.

For this bottle the rumors were not true. A stunning bottle.

9.6

Scott Claffee Delectable Pro

Goddammit, this is actually a fantastic wine. I really wanted to call B.S., but it is everything a great wine should be--balanced, silky tannin, fresh acidity, earthy, spice and juicy plum/cherry fruit. Has a long life ahead of it, too.

Goddammit, this is actually a fantastic wine. I really wanted to call B.S., but it is everything a great wine should be--balanced, silky tannin, fresh acidity, earthy, spice and juicy plum/cherry fruit. Has a long life ahead of it, too.

9.8

Stephen Osgood

dark leather spice box bomb. gorgeous.

dark leather spice box bomb. gorgeous.

9.5

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