Harlan Estate Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend 2005

$569

Not unexpectedly, the 2005 Harlan Estate performed slightly better than it did last year. As these wines often do, it continues to put on weight as it is bottled very late by Napa standards, and there is no fining or filtration. The 2005 exhibits a gorgeous thick-looking, ruby/purple color in addition to a beautiful nose of burning embers interwoven with creme de cassis, roasted meats, sweet black truffles, and spring flowers. A hint of lead pencil shavings also emerges from this cuvee, which seems to want to be both a Pauillac and a ripe vintage of La Mission Haut Brion. Full-bodied, dense, pure, and revealing sweeter tannin than I remember, it can be drunk now, but it will no doubt display even greater complexity in 10, 20, and 30 years. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

Lots of fun bottles were popped at Al’s hosting this past weekend for his birthday celebration. All were served blind. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 6 reds and 1 dessert wine. One of those wines where everything was working in harmony. Supremely balanced. Youthful. Came across very herbal and Bordeaux like aromatically at first before the sweet and ripe fruit pushed forward. Violets, graphite, underripe red, blue and black fruits with minerals on the nose. Similar to the PM Les Pavots and the Shafer HSS, it started showing sweet tannins alongside dark coco, nutmeg, juicy blueberries and blackberries and a tightly wound finish. Tons of life here. I was between Napa cab or left bank Bordeaux.

Lots of fun bottles were popped at Al’s hosting this past weekend for his birthday celebration. All were served blind. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 6 reds and 1 dessert wine. One of those wines where everything was working in harmony. Supremely balanced. Youthful. Came across very herbal and Bordeaux like aromatically at first before the sweet and ripe fruit pushed forward. Violets, graphite, underripe red, blue and black fruits with minerals on the nose. Similar to the PM Les Pavots and the Shafer HSS, it started showing sweet tannins alongside dark coco, nutmeg, juicy blueberries and blackberries and a tightly wound finish. Tons of life here. I was between Napa cab or left bank Bordeaux.

9.5

Mike R Delectable Pro

Just about as beautiful as wife and her friend - what a brilliant wine - pop this wine when life is good and reward yourself - bravo Bill

Just about as beautiful as wife and her friend - what a brilliant wine - pop this wine when life is good and reward yourself - bravo Bill

9.7

Alberto Cdm Delectable Pro

In principio chiuso poi dopo un oretta...

In principio chiuso poi dopo un oretta...

9.4

Martin G Rivard Delectable Pro

@Ted Mandes @Christine @Steve Colanero Great example of a great Napa Cab. I did not say awesome example since I was a little disappointed. Definitely a lot of fruit on the front palette, the mid palette was non-existent and the back palette & finish was very short. I was expecting to be marveled prior to tasting but I think this was overshadowed by its rivals this evening. I'm not sure that it will benefit from further aging??? I'll be curious to see what others think as they comment on this vintage.

@Ted Mandes @Christine @Steve Colanero Great example of a great Napa Cab. I did not say awesome example since I was a little disappointed. Definitely a lot of fruit on the front palette, the mid palette was non-existent and the back palette & finish was very short. I was expecting to be marveled prior to tasting but I think this was overshadowed by its rivals this evening. I'm not sure that it will benefit from further aging??? I'll be curious to see what others think as they comment on this vintage.

9.4

Michael Gallegos Delectable Pro

Sales & Hospitality Red Car Winery

In a very good place right now. Beautifully seamless, funny integrated, but still tons of life left in it. 1.5 hr decant.

In a very good place right now. Beautifully seamless, funny integrated, but still tons of life left in it. 1.5 hr decant.

9.5

Gus Kalaris Delectable Pro

Always exceptional

Always exceptional

9.7

Mark Blatty Delectable Pro

Very thankful indeed...

Very thankful indeed...

10

James Leahy Delectable Pro

2005 and 2010 Harlan. C'est magnifique! 2005 was slightly more shallow from the last tasting, suggesting the wine is evolving yet again. Still primary, with a bit more earth. The 2010 - spectacular. Need more of this, particularly in large formats. Built for the ages. Really love these wines in moderate to cool years so the terroir gets a chance to shine. Bravo

2005 and 2010 Harlan. C'est magnifique! 2005 was slightly more shallow from the last tasting, suggesting the wine is evolving yet again. Still primary, with a bit more earth. The 2010 - spectacular. Need more of this, particularly in large formats. Built for the ages. Really love these wines in moderate to cool years so the terroir gets a chance to shine. Bravo

10

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

Truly spectacular.

Truly spectacular.

9.7

Aaron Pott Delectable Pro

You want to hate it but great!!

You want to hate it but great!!

9.5

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