Harlan Estate Promontory Napa Valley Red 2012
Robert Parker 99/100 Jeff Leve 99/100
The nose is fruity, fresh, fine, nicely aromatic, very elegant and offers a beautiful finesse as well as a beautiful harmony. It reveals notes of juicy blackberry, flint and touches of cherry associated with slight notes of raspberry, blueberry, flower (violet, cornflower), slight touches of liquorice stick, tea as well as slight touches of chocolate. The palate is fruity, harmonious, melodious, finely powerful, relatively aerial, nicely depth and offers minerality, a beautiful freshness, a great finesse, concentration, fat, suavity, a good structure, juiciness, complexity as well as a beautiful and silky matter. On the palate this wine expresses notes of fresh blackberry and black fruit cream associated with small notes of chocolate, toasted oak as well as touches of black tea and discreet hints of caramelization. Tannins are very fine, relatively numerous, elegant and structuring. Good length and amazing persistence with notes of ripe fruit, coffee and a few slight roasting notes. The finish is finely powerful.