Bill Harlan's Amazing Saga

The man behind one of Napa's greatest reds builds his legacy and puts together the last pieces of a complicated puzzle
From the Nov 15, 2015, issue

Success drives Bill Harlan. At his Harlan Estate, he helped redefine Napa Valley wine in the 1990s. The winery is a member of an elite class of wineries came to define cult wines and catapulted Napa Cabernet to new stylistic dimensions and renown. But at 75 Harlan is not satisfied. He's intent on establishing a wine dynasty along the lines of the great winemaking families of Europe. It's an audacious goal for one of Napa Valley's most enigmatic personalities. Wine Spectator's Kim Marcus explains.

Member-Only Content

Premium Subscription

Join today and get immediate access to this article, and to our entire database of more than 400,000 wine ratings. It only takes moments—but it will help you drink better all year long.

Start Free 30-day Trial

Already a member? Sign In