Sunday, May 14, 2006

Harlan 2000 @ The New Majestic

Dinner @ The New Majestic was to the celebrate the trifecta of family birthdays in the month of May. So it was that we gathered one cool Friday evening @ the recently refurbished Majestic Hotel on Bukit Pasoh Road. It houses the once defunct, but very much alive again, Majestic Restaurant, helmed by chef Yong Bing Ngen, formerly from Hai Tien Lo @ The Pan Pacific Hotel and Jade Restaurant @ The Fullerton.

The food was at times good, at times excellent. The service was impeccable. The PDR, a wash of soft greens and beige, was perhaps too muted for my eyes.

Harlan Estate 00 tasting notes > Initially very closed despite an hour's decanting, it started to spread its wings 2 hours in to dinner. Probably one of the more tell tale California Cabernet noses on any Harlan, the palate - light to medium bodied (for a Harlan that is), espousing black plums, spice, and Hershey's hot chocolate. Fine, smooth tannins provide the platform for a very well wrought finish. A difficult year 2000 was, and yet Harlan Estate was able to produce a wine of great distinction. Quite impressive.

Side note - My favorite vintages of Harlan Estate to date - 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002

Auric Pacific Fine Wines is the exclusive distributor for Harlan Estate in Singapore. I would recommend begging if you even want to smell this wine, as each year's release is very tightly allocated.

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