Napa Valley Red Wine

Harlan Estate, Napa Valley Red Wine, 2011

Bordeaux blend of average 75% Cabernet Sauvignon plus varying proportions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Wow. The character of 2011 shines out, the bright herbaceous nose, sage and leather and an animal aroma, skin and muscle, barnyard, hay in the stable. Palate with minerally blackcurrant, fresh, precise, very juicy, charming, the tannins green rather than sappy. No fat to this at all, it’s lean, serious, slightly angular. The quality of the tannins is very different to its sister wines, at first taste they are dry, mitigated by drops of juice, but as the wine opens in the glass they soften and charm. An outlier, of course, and probably not with the ageing potential of its sister wines.

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Alcohol

15%

Bottle size

Magnum

Drink dates

2020 - 2040

Origin

Country

USA

Region

California

Sub-region

Napa Valley AVA

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Adam Lechmere

UK Stockist

Secondary market

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