The Napa Valley Reserve is an ultra-exclusive private wine club founded by William Harlan of Harlan Estate and Bond. Members include many prominent celebrities and politicians.
Membership costs over $150,000 and members are invited to join lavish dinners, and enjoy the wine-making process.
Members must also purchase an allotment of wine each year, and this wine is not allowed to be resold by its members for risk of losing membership privileges.
This is why you never see these bottles come up for sale.
The wine is spectacular, designed for consumption by the worlds most discerning tastes. The quality of Napa Valley Reserve is equivalent to Harlan Estate in anyone’s opinion who’s tried it.
The blend is Bordeaux in style, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and possibly Cabernet Franc.
How good is this bottle of wine you may ask? Well it’s made just the same as Harlan Estate. Same wine maker, same equipment, same style. So its safe to assume it will be as good or very close. For much much less money and a higher rarity! I’ve tried this wine and it is amazing!
For reference, the 2002 Harlan Estate was 100 Points Robert Parker. Here is the tasting note from the 2002 Harlan:
The extraordinary Harlan Estate, which I awarded 100 points seven years ago, offers no justifiable reason to doubt its perfect score. It is still a baby, with an inky purple color and notes of smoky camphor intermixed with creme de cassis, Asian soy and a hint of cedar beginning to emerge as well as some espresso and subtle damp forest floor notes. The wine has awesome intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, a skyscraper-like texture, and a finish that goes on for close to a minute. This is a perfect wine, still youthful and young, and not even in full adolescence as of 2012. It has 40 or more years ahead of it, but should hit its plateau of full maturity in another 5-10 years. It is certainly one of the most showy, flamboyant and remarkable Harlan Estates made to date. Kudos to Bill Harlan! (RP) (6/2012)
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.