Wine writer + expert Elaine Chukan Brown speaks withCory Empting of Harlan Estate.
Elaine and Cory discuss Harlan’s deep commitment to quality and regenerative viticulture and the unique characteristics of the site in the hills of Oakville in the Napa Valley, as well as the resulting age-worthy wines that are heralded benchmarks of the region.
2010 Harlan Estates, Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Harlan Estates, Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Harlan Estates, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barrel Sample
A native of Napa Valley, Cory got into the wine business at the early age of 15, working harvest with longtime family friend and esteemed winemaker Ric Forman. As a student at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, Cory spent his summers in Oakville serving as a harvest intern at Harlan Estate and BOND. Cory pursued opportunities to work in cellars in various winegrowing regions around the world, with a particular focus on Europe. In 2007, Cory was appointed Winemaker of Harlan Estate and BOND, while his mentor, Bob Levy, assumed the position of the estates’ Director of Winegrowing. With the emergence of Promontory, Cory extended his winemaking expertise to Bill Harlan’s most recent wine venture.
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