"The 2006 Harlan Estate has turned out better than I originally predicted. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by classic aromas of creme de cassis, melted licorice, smoked meats, burning embers, and graphite. It has thrown off some of the tannic clout it displayed last year, revealing great balance. A candidate for wine of the vintage, this dense, full-bodied effort has 25+ years of life ahead of it. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2035. Score: 96 points" - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #186
THE WINE ADVOCATE
"Harlan Estate might be the single most profound red wine made not just in California, but in the world."
—Robert M. Parker, Jr.
INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR
"Without question, this is a California 'grand cru.' It's hard to imagine another California wine of any stripe that has provided so many fireworks over the past two decades."
FOOD & WINE
"The most passionately made wine in America."
—legendary collector, Park B. Smith
LE REVUE DU VIN DE FRANCE
"About the Harlan Estate, I had written impetuously 'Why doesn't all wine taste like this?'"
FINE WINE MAGAZINE
"After various tastings of Harlan wines and with all the scores given, we have to conclude that this wine can be set apart from the rest as the first of the first growths."
—Napa Valley Classification – First Growth