2018 Harlan Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

America / California / Napa Valley / Oakville

$1,545
JD 100
RP 100
V 98
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2018 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, USA


In the heart of Napa Valley, a legend was born in the form of the 2018 Harlan Estate. This vintage, a creation of the esteemed Harlan Estate winery, weaves together history, varietals, and impeccable production attributes to offer a wine experience like no other.

A Rich Heritage
The tale of Harlan Estate is one steeped in passion and vision. Founded by Bill Harlan in the 1980s, this estate has consistently pushed the boundaries of winemaking. The 2018 vintage carries forward this legacy, embodying decades of expertise and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

The Blend of Varietals
At the heart of the 2018 Harlan Estate lies the noble Cabernet Sauvignon, renowned for its depth and complexity. What sets this wine apart is its artful fusion with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.

Production Excellence
Creating the 2018 Harlan Estate demands nothing less than perfection. Grapes are meticulously hand-harvested, ensuring only the finest fruit finds its way to the cellar. A rigorous sorting process further refines the selection.

Fermentation takes place in small lots, allowing for close supervision and gentle flavor extraction. The wine matures in the embrace of French oak barrels, where it develops complexity and depth over time.

JD 100

Jeb Dunnuck

Stunning on every level, the 2018 Harlan Estate reveals a dense purple hue as well as an incredible bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed stone, iron, violets, and tobacco. Reminding me of a hypothetical blend of Ducru Beaucaillou and Pontet Canet from a great, classical vintage (or a more elegant version of the 2013 for simplicity), it's medium to full-bodied, perfectly balanced, powerful yet elegant, and has a finish that won't quit. This is pure gold in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s already drinkable yet will benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age and have 40 years of prime drinking. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck. Tasting date: May 2022. Drinking window: 2022 - 2062.
RP 100

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2018 Harlan Estate was tasted as a barrel sample, to be bottled in March. Deep garnet-purple in color, it needs a fair bit of swirling to reveal a wonderfully fragrant perfume of blueberry pie, chocolate-covered cherries, mulberries and black currant pastilles with hints of cumin seed, rose oil and black olives. Medium to full-bodied, the taut, grainy-textured palate delivers remarkable energy with compelling tension and a long, graceful, earth-laced finish. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Tasting date: January 2021. Drinking window: N/A.
V 98

Vinous

The 2018 Harlan Estate is deep, plush and full of potential. But potential is the key word here, as the 2018 is also very reticent today. Its depth, power and pedigree are all obviously apparent. It is an atypical wine for Napa, as the acids, tannin and structure are all pretty prominent. Hints of black cherry, gravel, spice, menthol and lavender gradually open with some coaxing. The 2018 is a remarkable wine. I remember tasting it for the first time in Spring 2019, when it came across as a bit light. Perhaps that was a reflection of early blending and a wine that had not bounced back from that. Since then, the 2018 has gained in richness and volume, while retaining the finessed style that is such a signature here these days. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: October 2021. Drinking window: 2028 - 2043.

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  • CRITICAL REVIEWS
  • WINEMAKER NOTES
JD 100

Jeb Dunnuck

Stunning on every level, the 2018 Harlan Estate reveals a dense purple hue as well as an incredible bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed stone, iron, violets, and tobacco. Reminding me of a hypothetical blend of Ducru Beaucaillou and Pontet Canet from a great, classical vintage (or a more elegant version of the 2013 for simplicity), it's medium to full-bodied, perfectly balanced, powerful yet elegant, and has a finish that won't quit. This is pure gold in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s already drinkable yet will benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age and have 40 years of prime drinking. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck. Tasting date: May 2022. Drinking window: 2022 - 2062.
RP 100

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2018 Harlan Estate was tasted as a barrel sample, to be bottled in March. Deep garnet-purple in color, it needs a fair bit of swirling to reveal a wonderfully fragrant perfume of blueberry pie, chocolate-covered cherries, mulberries and black currant pastilles with hints of cumin seed, rose oil and black olives. Medium to full-bodied, the taut, grainy-textured palate delivers remarkable energy with compelling tension and a long, graceful, earth-laced finish. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Tasting date: January 2021. Drinking window: N/A.
V 98

Vinous

The 2018 Harlan Estate is deep, plush and full of potential. But potential is the key word here, as the 2018 is also very reticent today. Its depth, power and pedigree are all obviously apparent. It is an atypical wine for Napa, as the acids, tannin and structure are all pretty prominent. Hints of black cherry, gravel, spice, menthol and lavender gradually open with some coaxing. The 2018 is a remarkable wine. I remember tasting it for the first time in Spring 2019, when it came across as a bit light. Perhaps that was a reflection of early blending and a wine that had not bounced back from that. Since then, the 2018 has gained in richness and volume, while retaining the finessed style that is such a signature here these days. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: October 2021. Drinking window: 2028 - 2043.

2018 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley, USA


In the heart of Napa Valley, a legend was born in the form of the 2018 Harlan Estate. This vintage, a creation of the esteemed Harlan Estate winery, weaves together history, varietals, and impeccable production attributes to offer a wine experience like no other.

A Rich Heritage
The tale of Harlan Estate is one steeped in passion and vision. Founded by Bill Harlan in the 1980s, this estate has consistently pushed the boundaries of winemaking. The 2018 vintage carries forward this legacy, embodying decades of expertise and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

The Blend of Varietals
At the heart of the 2018 Harlan Estate lies the noble Cabernet Sauvignon, renowned for its depth and complexity. What sets this wine apart is its artful fusion with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.

Production Excellence
Creating the 2018 Harlan Estate demands nothing less than perfection. Grapes are meticulously hand-harvested, ensuring only the finest fruit finds its way to the cellar. A rigorous sorting process further refines the selection.

Fermentation takes place in small lots, allowing for close supervision and gentle flavor extraction. The wine matures in the embrace of French oak barrels, where it develops complexity and depth over time.

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