Top 10 100-point Napa Cabernets

6. Harlan Estate 1997

Release price: $150

Current price: $915+

Parker once labelled Harlan’s wines: “Perhaps the single most profound red wine made in the world.”

And before anyone spills their claret or Burgundy in disgust please note that Robinson’s first impression was also: “Why doesn’t all wine taste like this?”

If Harlan is one of the greatest reds in the world, then 1997 was possibly its crowning achievement.

Wine Advocate #132 Dec 2000

What did Parker say: “The 1997 Harlan Estate is one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines I have ever tasted. This enormously endowed, profoundly rich wine must be tasted to be believed. Opaque purple-coloured, it boasts spectacular, soaring aromatics of vanilla, minerals, coffee, blackberries, liquorice, and cassis. In the mouth, layer after layer unfold powerfully yet gently.”

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