2002 Harlan Estate
– With its explosive nose of licorice, blackberry, blue fruit, jammy berries, oak, fresh herbs, oak and caramel grabs your attention. Thick, juicy, dense and concentrated, with layers of creamy, polished jammy blackberries and coffee flavors, this made a solid impression. I tasted this on release and thought it was over the top. This tasting changed my mind, I was surprised by how much I liked it. It’s truly a world class wine. 99 Pts
1995 Harlan Estate
- When this was poured, I was told it was the 98 I was blown away by how good the wine was. I was convinced this was the California cabernet of the vintage. When I discovered it was the 95, I did not care, this was compelling. Filled with black cherry jam, licorice, smoke, herbs and truffle scents, this rich, dense wine was a treat for the senses The wine ends with silky blackberry and chocolate flavors. 97 Pts
95 Bryant Family
- This is filled with smoke, cassis, licorice, truffle, chocolate and coffee scents. Sexy, supple, soft and silky, this opulent wine feels like velvet when it spills over your palate. Combining lushness and intensity, this stellar wine finishes with a rich chocolate covered, cherry finish, What a treat! 97 Pts
For more detail on Harlan, I just published a long article on the home page with some great photos.