Bill Harlan: 'First and foremost Napa Valley is an agricultural community'

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OAKVILLE -- Bill Harlan in 1984 set out to create a California "First Growth" wine from hillside vines overlooking Oakville in Napa Valley, and nearly three decades later he remains among the defining producers of top-end California wine.

The Harlan Estate property has 36 acres of vines on the 240 acres of land. Production is about 2,000 cases a year of Harlan Estate, about 1,000 cases a year each of The Maiden and Napa Valley Reserve, and 2,400 cases of the Bond Estates line of blends.

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