The 2010 Harlan Estate is a total head-turner. Powerful, dense and exotically ripe – as so many wines are in this vintage – the 2010 dazzles with magnificent intensity. Baritone inflections run through the black cherry, graphite, smoke, tar and licorice flavors. Heat spikes at the end of what was generally a cold growing season yielded wines that bring together structure and fruit density.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2037
Magnum. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, remainder: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot. Complex and intriguing with notes of ripe dark fruits lifted by mountain herbs, carried through by warming and exotic spices. There is plenty of concentration and presence here alongside a feeling of compact restraint at the same time – a sort of counterbalance of fleshy flavours and firm tannin, mouth-watering acidity and spiced fruits that creates a delicious tension of generosity without excess. Give this wine plenty of air upon opening – its savoury structure continues to reveal itself after opening – and set it alongside slow-cooked meats, or, better yet, wait a few more years before opening. This vintage seems sure to evolve and age well. (ECB)
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050