Its owners since include Hugh La Rue – a pioneer in the use of rootstock – and Inglenook Winery owner John Daniel Jr., who bought the estate in 1946 and owned it until his death in 1970. GB 129 9514 84 | AWRS No. The product is superb, of course, but customers are paying for the kind of long-term returns one would expect from a truly world-class wine. He returned home to France for a time to manage the prestigious family vineyards, which included Chateaux Petrus and Trotanoy, but his affections for the Californian region lingered, and in 1982 he formed a partnership with Robin Lail and Marcia Smith, the daughters of the late Daniels. Harlan soon began purchasing pockets of undeveloped land in Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation, and starting with just six acres, the vineyard plantings consisted of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8& Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Vinfolio Launches Fine Wine Investment Program. Generally, the wine is sold direct to customers on the estate’s exclusive mailing list. The first Harlan Estate wine label – inspired by a 19th century engraving – was 10 years in the making as Bill Harlan sought out the right engraver. The estate expanded, and now spans 36 acres of vineyards across some of the choicest elevations and soils in the region – all affording stunning views of the Napa Valley. Read T… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…, We recently asked one of our clients to summarise his experience with @Cult Wines Ltd. @Sotheby's autumn #finewine season got off to a flying start last weekend in #HongKong, with a two-cellar sale real… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…, Copyright © 2020 Cult Wines Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Despite being just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, California’s Napa Valley produces a not-insignificant 49.7 million cases of wine per year, contributing $50bn to the total US economy and accounting for 27% of California’s total wine industry economy – no mean feat considering only 4% of California’s wine grapes come from the region. Wines Overview. GB 129 9514 84 | AWRS No. | You must be 18 or over to order.The Clockwork Building, 45 Beavor Lane, London W6 9AR Reg Company No. Over 700 wineries have developed within Napa’s young history. Despite being just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, California’s Napa Valley produces a not-insignificant 49.7 million cases of wine per year, contributing $50bn to the total US economy and accounting for 27% of California’s total wine industry economy – no mean feat considering only 4% of California’s wine grapes come from the region. Meanwhile during the 1960s, Christian Moueix, son of famed wine merchant and producer Jean-Pierre Moueix, was attending the University of California and developed a love for the Napa Valley and its wines. California’s first recognised AVA (American Viticultural Area), Napa Valley – an appellation itself – is home to 16 subappellations, with terroir ranging from the cool, mountain-influenced temperatures of Atlas Peak’s 2,600ft-above-sea-level elevation, to the hotter, drier climate of St Helena, the narrowest part of the Napa Valley floor. 06350591 | VAT No. Opus One enjoys global appreciation, with a keen following in particular in Japan and France. XVAW00000101625. Considered incorrectly by some as a Second Wine, The Maiden offers a completely different blend to its big sister, making it a round, superbly textured and full bodied unique wine in itself. A blend of Bordeaux varietals specifically selected for their lively fruit characters, Napanook is not as highly-sought after as its grand vin counterpart, but its youthful expression makes it an ideal choice for a casual, easy drinking wine, without sacrificing quality. Dominus Estate. Now, Harlan Estate is among one of the most highly-regarded wines in the world, with prices to match. 06350591 | VAT No. @Sotheby's autumn #finewine season got off to a flying start last weekend in #HongKong, with a two-cellar sale real… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…, Copyright © 2020 Cult Wines Ltd. All Rights Reserved. For Harlan Estates founder Bill Harlan, a colourful life of flying planes, professional gambling and property development eventually led up to a trip to Bordeaux and Burgundy with Robert Mondavi, to whom Bill surely owes a debt of gratitude, for it was here that he was inspired to create his own vision of a First Growth California winery. However, such is the impact of its tourism industry – and the relatively intense environmental footprint that comes from producing so much from so little – that the area is generally regarded as one of the most environmentally-conscious wine-producing regions in the world. Napa Valley Wine Producers:DominusHarlan EstateOpus OneScarecrowScreaming Eagle. Combined with limited availability, it’s little wonder Harlan Estate has all the hallmarks of a mythical cult wine, second perhaps only to Screaming Eagle. Nowadays, a case of the same trades for more than £15,000. In 1982, when recommended by Robert Mondavi* to establish production in Napa Valley, Moueix identified Dominus Estate as the pick of the bunch and entered into partnership with the then-owners Robin Lail and Marcia Smith before becoming the sole owner in 1995. Some 95% of all the area’s wineries. 06350591 | VAT No. Generally, the wine is sold direct to customers on the estate’s exclusive mailing list. "It was a label designed for a bottle that would sit on a table in candlelight, not on a store shelf," he said. Shafer Vineyards, Schrader Cellars, Lokoyo and Harlan Estates are stand-out names, while Robert Mondavi and Rubicon Estate offer Napa’s unique New World quality at a more accessible price. Described by Jancis Robinson as “one of the ten best wines of the twentieth century”, Harlan Estate’s flagship red – new French oak barrelled for up to 36 months depending on the vintage – is a truly unique expression of a California Cabernet Sauvignon; rich, deep and concentrated with a sense of elegance and purity. Consistently scoring well with critics, Dominus Estate drinks well young but boasts an excellent track record for ageing. Read T… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…, We recently asked one of our clients to summarise his experience with @Cult Wines Ltd.