Harlan Estate   Proprietary Red

2012 Proprietary Red

By Harlan Estate

The Distinguished 2012 Proprietary Red from Harlan Estate

Delve into the complex allure of 2012 Proprietary Red, a standout release from Harlan Estate, encapsulating all the quintessential charms and elegance of top-tier fine wines from the USA.


A Symphony of Sensorial Delights

Manifesting the favourable climatic conditions of 2012, this distinguished vintage emits a harmonious bouquet of black cherry, cassis and sultry undertones of forest floor and sweet spices. It weaves a captivating narrative framed by its profound depth and generous complexity, narrating tales from its terroir.

This sophisticated wine pays tribute to the ideal conditions handed by Mother Nature, gracefully reflecting an exquisite ripening period that delicately balanced heat and moisture resulting in perfectly matured berries.


Featuring the Benchmark for Fine Wine Investments

Undoubtedly, the 2012 Proprietary Red anchors its reputation as an investment-grade wine, bolstered by Harlan Estate’s unwavering commitment to excellence. This impressive vintage reaffirms its position as an iconic player in the realm of wine investing.

A sip of this balanced quadrate captures a well-integrated tannic structure enveloped by luscious fruitiness, seamlessly consolidating power and finesse. As majestically embodied in this particular red, investing in high-quality vintages, such as those from Harlan Estate’s esteemed portfolio renders not just guaranteed returns but also a sublime drinking experience.


2012: A Privileged Vintage

The 2012 vintage paints a stunning exposé of an unparalleled year which laid the building blocks for a magnum opus worth cherishing. Exceptionally layered with resonant notes of black plums, anise, and nuanced accents of leather, the 2012 Proprietary Red is a showstopper.

In wrapping up this noteworthy plea for the sophisticated 2012 Proprietary Red, it is clear that this prodigal child of Harlan Estate excels in quality and finesse. It extends an ambitious invitation to investors seeking distinguished and reliable fine wines from USA, offering a confirmed ticket to not just appreciating capital returns, but also to an elevating sensorial experience.

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The 2012 Harlan Estate is reminiscent of their 2002. Probably a candidate for perfection with another 4-5 years of bottle age, the wine is inky plum/purple to the rim and offers a gorgeous nose of scorched earth, blackberry and cassis, forest floor, and a floral, lavender-like component followed by deep, opulent, majestic flavors that caress the palate with high but sweet tannin. This is relatively evolved, and supple and voluptuous for a young Harlan estate – hence the comparison with their compelling 2002. This wine can be drunk in several years and is likely another candidate for 30-50 years of cellaring.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2015

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