The Harlan Estate 2012 is a remarkable expression of Napa Valley's finest terroir. It displays a deep and lustrous color that hints at its profound intensity. On the nose, this wine exudes an enticing array of aromas, with notes of blackcurrant, blackberry, and dark plum intermingling with hints of tobacco, graphite, and cedar. The palate is both powerful and elegant, with a velvety texture and an impressive depth of flavor. Ripe black fruits, complemented by layers of dark chocolate, espresso, and exotic spices, tantalize the senses. The wine is beautifully structured, with well-integrated tannins and a vibrant acidity that lend balance and poise. The finish is long and luxurious, leaving a lasting impression of dark fruit, mocha, and a touch of vanilla. The Harlan Estate 2012 is a true masterpiece, showcasing the artistry and precision that define this renowned estate. It is a wine of exceptional quality and will continue to evolve gracefully for decades to come, rewarding those who have the privilege of experiencing it.
Robert Parker - 99+ Points
"The 2012 Harlan Estate is reminiscent of their 2002. Probably a candidate for perfection with another 4-5 years of bottle age, the wine is inky plum/purple to the rim and offers a gorgeous nose of scorched earth, blackberry and cassis, forest floor, and a floral, lavender-like component followed by deep, opulent, majestic flavors that caress the palate with high but sweet tannin. This is relatively evolved, and supple and voluptuous for a young Harlan estate – hence the comparison with their compelling 2002. This wine can be drunk in several years and is likely another candidate for 30-50 years of cellaring."
Antonio Galloni - 97 Points
"Racy and inviting, the 2012 Harlan Estate is the perfect wine to get this vertical started. Silky tannins and plush, richly textured fruit give the 2012 much of its immediacy. Succulent red cherry, plum, mocha, spice, rose petal and new leather are some of the many notes that grace this exquisite, sumptuous wine."