Harlan Estate 2018 Napa Valley

18

Harlan Estate has two very distinct soil types: the hills to the east, of volcanic origin, and the slopes to the west of sedimentary composition. The common thread across the property is the paucity of top soil and the 360-degree exposures of the many separate blocks. The vines have established themselves deep into the bedrock. Viticulture applies organic and biodynamic practices. Grapes are carefully sorted by hand and fermented in small lots in wood fermenters. The wine is pressed-off into French barriques, with a balanced use of new and used oak, and aged for about 24 months prior to being bottled, unfined and unfiltered.
Deep, profound, savoury, wonderful combination of fruit purity, power, concentration but also great elegance and finesse. The savoury aftertaste lingers here for 30–45 seconds. Not at all showy, this somehow manages to be fresh, structured, powerful, ripe and has great potential for the future. Cherry/damson/blackberry fruit notes but the fruit is a sideshow to how this has been constructed. Glorious stuff. (AWH)

Producer
Harlan Estate
Appellation
Napa Valley
Region
Country
Colour
Red
Alcohol
14.5%
Score
18
When to drink
2024
2040
Published on
15 Apr 2022
Date tasted
Reviewer
Stockist
Imported into the UK by Thorman Hunt