Open-knit, sensual and perfumed, the 2005 Harlan Estate is super-expressive today. Like so many 2005s, the Harlan is a bit lacking in intensity and overall structure relative to the very best years. The 2005 is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next 15-20 years. At some point during that arc of time, the 2005 is likely to become a bit frail, but that does not appear to be imminent. Even after thinning to a cluster per shoot, the clusters and berries were large, which required some bleeding in the tanks, a technique that is not often used at Harlan Estate.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027
Magnum. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, remainder: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot. With dried and even candied violets on the nose, the palate of the 2005 is decidedly savoury. Tomato leaf and tobacco, spiced cedar and sour plum carry the palate. The tannin is abundant while approachable, wed to abundant fresh acidity making a wine that’s ready to drink now. There is a bit less palate density to this vintage, but it is deliciously harmonious. Although ready, there’s plenty of time left for further bottle ageing. (ECB)
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2040