2005 Harlan - The Maiden 750ml

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2005 Harlan - The Maiden

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International Wine Cellar | 92

Good full medium ruby. Sappy aromas of dark fruits, spicy oak and minerals. Wonderfully juicy and lively on the palate, with floral and mineral elements serving to frame and lift the dark fruit flavors. Very firmly built wine with terrific vinosity and balance. Almost too good for a second wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 93

Harlan's second wine, The Maiden, is marvelous in 2005. Ripe, opulent fruit and notes of unsmoked high class cigar tobacco intermixed with creme de cassis, coffee, and asphalt are present in this round, superbly textured, rich, full-bodied, silky, beautifully wrought wine.

Drink Dates: 2008-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | 89

A complex mix of herb, tar, currant and black cherry fruit is supple and balanced, ending with a touch of charry oak, but also a tasty core of dark fruit flavors.

Drink Dates: 2010-2016
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature
Score: 95
Author: Nick Shea
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/07/2013
Drink Dates: 2011-2016
Score: 93
Author: Todd W59
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/28/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2018
Opened about 45 minutes prior to drinking; bottle was not decanted. Color was a bright medium red. Nose appeared quite forward with hints of both red and black fruits. Definitely hints of vanilla from the wood but not overdone. On the palate, very well-balanced with fruit, tannin, and acid all in their places. Tannins still fairly pronounced but without any sharp edges. Plush fruit flavors ... this is a fairly elegant wine. Very enjoyable and a good fit for a steak dinner.
Score: 93
Author: SamT
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/27/2013
Score: 86
Author: DartAdam
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/07/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2018
I bought an owc three pack at the vineyard last year and put it right in the cellar. Unfortunately this did not live up to my memories and it simply wasn't that great. Tight and slightly acid, ok fruit and an ok nose. This was nothing special and I was quite disappointed relative to what I remembered. That was first tasting of the day on that trip and I read my notes back to double check. Anyhow, this certainly isn't bad but for this bottle at least, it wasn't worth repeating at this price point. Perhaps it will improve with a bit more age.

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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