1996 Harlan Estate Napa

Share on Facebook

1996 Harlan Estate Napa image

(98 Points) “The 1996 Proprietary Red Wine appears to be one of the vintage's most noteworthy offerings. Some 1996s tend to be rustic, with more obtrusive tannin than their 1995 and 1994 counterparts, but that charge cannot be made here. The 1996 exhibits a tell-tale opaque purple/plum color, as well as a spectacular soaring nose of wood fire, roasted herbs, black currants, tobacco, minerals, and all spice. The wine is full-bodied and multi-layered, with terrific flavor concentration, well-integrated tannin, and a blockbuster finish. This is another candidate for perfection. As accolades spilled from my mouth like a baby dribbling milk, I was told the wine had been bottled the day before my visit! Anticipated maturity: 2004-2035. Proprietor Bill Harlan, his winemaker, Bob Levy, and consultant, Frenchman Michel Rolland continue to produce what may be the single most profound wine in California. This wine possesses all the elements of greatness - individuality, power combined with elegance, extraordinary complexity, remarkable aging potential, and compelling richness without ponderousness. The vintages produced to date give signs of improving in the bottle for 20-30 years. In 1995, a second wine, which has not yet been named, has been produced, which allows the selection process to be even more severe once the 35-acre vineyard is in full production. Recent production has been 1,500 cases for the 1994, 1,200 cases for the 1995, 1,500 for the 1996, and approximately 2,500 cases for the 1997. Many readers who have been on the waiting list for Harlan Estate may finally receive an allocation in 1997. This year produced the highest yields to date (a still modest 2.7 tons per acre) at this hillside vineyard.†Wine Advocate #120 (Dec 1998)


  • List Price: $750.00

This product is currently out of stock.

Share on Facebook

continue shopping

Customers who bought this also bought:

  1. 1995 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa MAGNUM - (99 points) The 1995 Proprietary Red Wine is almost as perfect as the 1994. It has gotten even better in the bottle, and remain...
  2. 2014 Hacienda Monasterio Crianza Ribera Del Duero - ~(94 Points) I got to taste the 2014 Crianza, which was fascinating to compare with the 2013. It's 80% Tempranillo and 10% each...
  3. 2006 Bruno Verdi Bonarda Oltrepo Pavesi - Wine Watch Review: Crotina is the actual name of the grape. Unique and intruiging array of floral and spice notes to the black ...

Cart Summary

Your shopping cart is empty!

Wine Watch Events

Wine Bar is open for Regular Service check out tonight's menu

Fri, Jun 22, 2018

This Weeks Menu June 21st – June 23rd Summer Truffle & Parmesan Dusted Shoestring Fries $18 Shutty Frie...

Cru Beaujolais Tasting at the Wine Watch wine cave

Fri, Jun 22, 2018

  “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy wine, and that’s kind of the same thing.” – Anonymous   Summertime me...

Wine Bar is Open for Regular Service check out tonight's Menu

Sat, Jun 23, 2018

This Weeks Menu June 21st – June 23rd Summer Truffle & Parmesan Dusted Shoestring Fries $18 Shutty Fries -...

Adelsheim New Release Tasting at the Wine Watch wine cave

Sat, Jun 23, 2018

Current Releases from Adelsheim:   2017 Adelsheim Rose Price: $21.50       Sale $18.92 This delicious...

Adelsheim Party - one of the pioneers of Oregon will be serving 20+ years of Pinot Noir this evening!!

Sat, Jun 23, 2018

  Thomas Jefferson on wine: "I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On...

Wine Bar Closed Private Event

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

Wine Bar Closed Private Event

Wine Bar is Closed for a Private Tasting

Fri, Jun 29, 2018

Wine Bar is closed for a Private Event.

Super Tuscan Wine Tasting at The New Wine Watch Store

Fri, Jun 29, 2018

  Caiarossa Bianco 2015 Price: $45.75    Sale $40.26 This elegant and balanced wine is an expression of both varie...

Wine Bar open for regular Service

Sat, Jun 30, 2018

Stay Tuned for this weeks menu!

Malvira Piedmont wine tasting with special guest Brand Ambassador Matt Fleming

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Malvirà was established in the 1950s by Giuseppe Damonte, at a time when the Roero's potential was yet unrealized. Giuse...