Harlan Estate   Proprietary Red

2011 Proprietary Red

By Harlan Estate

2011 Proprietary Red by Harlan Estate, USA

A heavenly illustration of the finesse and complexity that Napa Valley is capable of producing in a nuanced year like 2011, the 2011 Proprietary Red from Harlan Estate is a testament to its stellar reputation among fine wines from USA.

 

From challenge, genius emerges

The vintage was a challenging one for many, with a cooler-than-average growing season that delayed grape harvest and left many uncertain about the quality of wines that would result. But such incremental challenges often end up separating the truly gifted winemakers from the crowd, culminating in noteworthy releases like this 2011 Proprietary Red.

Meticulous vineyard management and masterful vinification has led to the crafting of an enigmatic wine that draws you in with layers of dark fruit nuances, hints of licorice and delicate whispers of earthiness underlined by fine-grained tannins. The cooler vintage imparts a remarkable freshness which frames this wine's brooding intensity, making it memorable for its poise, balance, and sophistication.

 

A rare opportunity for those in the know

For those with an eye on wine investments, vintages that were once seen as underdogs often prove to be hidden gems - their initial lower popularity can give way to excellent appreciation in value over time as their true quality shines through. So is the case with this 2011 Proprietary Red - a less acclaimed year that offers value and potential profit for the discerning collector.

In essence, the 2011 Proprietary Red from Harlan Estate is a superb representation of what exceptional viticulture and winemaking attributes can achieve in difficult years. It reminds us yet again that fine wines are not merely produced, they are coaxed, nurtured, and lovingly shaped. It is THE vintage worth investing in for its distinctiveness, depth and potential for growth.

Market price (SGD)

$22,720.00

12x75cl

Highest score

93

POP score

1046.92

Scores and tasting notes

93

More dense, tannic, complex and fuller-bodied thatn Harlan's 2011 The Maiden is the 2011 Harlan Estate. Its plum/purple color is followed by a sweet perfume of camphor, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, Christmas fruitcake and hints of forest floor and underbrush. Deep, round and generous with silky tannins and a forward, evolved style, this beauty should drink well for 15-18 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2014

Vintage performance