1997 Harlan - The Maiden 750ml

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1997 Harlan - The Maiden

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International Wine Cellar | 92

Saturated ruby. Pungent, roasted aromas of black raspberry, currant and maple syrup; distinct suggestions of surmaturite. Superb sweetness and roasted ripeness in the mouth. The tannins spread out to coat the entire palate, but ultimately come across as less supple and more rustic than those of the flagship Harlan Estate bottling. Still, this stains the palate with flavor.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Wine Advocate | 94

Readers should not overlook the dense purple-colored 1997 Maiden, a creamy-textured, full-bodied, unctuously thick, rich wine. Jammy cassis, new oak, smoke, and espresso notes explode from this blockbuster. An amazing effort, it will drink well when released, and last for two decades.

Drink Dates: 2000-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 90

A touch austere, with a trim, focused band of earthy, cedary currant, sage, dill and cherry flavors, gaining depth and turning elegant and supple. 700 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2002-2012
Author: James Laube


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Score: 94
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature
Score: 94
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Score: 92
Author: Hal
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/21/2008
Score: 93
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2014
Still very deeply colored with thick moderately pigmented legs. Aromas of wood and concentrated plum and cherry. Nicely viscous with lots of sweet fruit in the mouth. Well balanced with fine length. This wine needs to be decanted because it has already thrown a considerable amount of sediment. The blend is primarily Cabernet with some Franc.

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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