2003 Harlan - The Maiden 750ml

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2003 Harlan - The Maiden

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International Wine Cellar | 90(+?)

Bright, deep ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, redcurrant, menthol and red licorice. Sweet, dense and fine-grained, with lovely floral lift. Nicely ripe for the year. Finishes with firm, lush, building tannins. This needs a couple more years in the bottle. (The 2004 was being blended on the day of my tasting.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 93

Readers looking for more immediate gratification should seek out the seductive, sexy 2003 The Maiden. It offers lots of cedarwood, white chocolate, black currant and damp forest notes in a medium to full-bodied, round, generous style with all the oak absorbed. The acidity provides good vibrancy, but no tartness, and the tannins are not astringent. This spicy, open-knit, fleshy 2003 is showing extremely well at present. Enjoy it over the next decade.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 207

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Score: 91
Author: afikes
Tasted On: 09/05/2014
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Score: 93
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Early
Score: 92
Author: Lellman2
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 11/03/2013
Still very big and will drink well for years. Lots of layers of fruit. Evolved in glass over several hours.
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Author: fred2288
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/12/2012
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An excellent wine. Drank with the Podells. They loved it, as did we.

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Score: 86
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 05/19/2012
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About This Producer


Harlan Estate, owned by Bill Harlan, is located in the western hills of Oakville. Harlan is known for its commitment to creating a wine that is a California "First Growth," on par with those of the old world. The entire estate consists of 240 acres, including a homestead and plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Consulting oenologist Michel Rolland and winemaker Bob Levy lead the production of Harlan's wines, producing two Bordeaux-style blends: Harlan Estate's namesake proprietary red and "The Maiden." These wines have been received to great acclaim by reviewers and collectors alike, commanding high prices and a competitive waiting list. Both wines are complex, full-bodied and have the ability to age for decades. With an opulent style, rich with dense fruit and elements of black currant, spice, and minerals, Harlan is both graceful and elegant, ranking it among the top tier of California Cabernet producers.

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