Tag Archives: Harlan Estate

• Death to the “Cult” & Birth of the Domestic First Growth

Death to the “Cult” & Birth of the Domestic First Growth

One of the more interesting aspects of the domestic wine world over the last fifteen years has been the phenomenon of the “cult” winery. You can count the true “cult” wineries on two hands.  Denoted by critical success, reputation, limited volume, inelastic demand with wait lists, and profitable aftermarket value, you can almost name them […]

• Whoa. Robert Parker relinquishes reviewing California wine

Whoa. Robert Parker relinquishes reviewing California wine

Over the weekend came stunning news in the relatively cozy world of wine writing: Robert Parker, founder of the Wine Advocate and arguably the most influential wine critic ever, is going to hand off responsibilities for reviewing California wine. Parker handed the reins to one of his key lieutenants, Antonio Galloni, who has been responsible […]

• Record Auction Prices for Napa & Sonoma Cult Wines

Record Auction Prices for Napa & Sonoma Cult Wines

Number of the day $7,170 That was the winning bid for six bottles of Harlan Estate‘s 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet at a wine auction last fall in Chicago. California “cult” wines like Harlan and Screaming Eagle are drawing record prices, helping drive up the Liv-ex fine-wine index 36 percent in 2010. This is attracting more […]