Wine Spectator | Rating: 91Complex and concentrated, with a potent core of ripe, rich blackberry, wild berry and black cherry fruit that's beautifully defined, finishing with firm, dry tannins and a whiff of herbaceousness. 740 cases made.Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90Good bright ruby. Aromatic nose of black cherry and licorice. Supple and pliant for the vintage, with slightly medicinal black cherry and black pepper flavors; shows very good but not outstanding depth. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins and very good length.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2001
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91The 1998 Maiden is prodigious. I know it is tempting to pooh-pooh second wines, but this is no afterthought from owner Bill Harlan and the winemaking team of American Bob Levy and Frenchman Michel Rolland. The 1998 Maiden (770 cases) possesses a dense purple color and a knockout nose of cocoa, prunes, blackberries, plums, and cassis. Spicy, with moderate tannin, and a viscosity and richness akin to beef blood, it is a gorgeous, concentrated, thick effort.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 91Author: winefolio
Self | Rating: 91Author: Hal
Self | Rating: 92Author: JasonBoland
Self | Rating: 92Author: Mayo
Self | Rating:matureAuthor: TF Winery
Self | Rating: 87nice aroma in first 1 hour. tast full of cs currantberry?Author: Wang Chong
Self | Rating: 93Plum notes very thick favorDrink Dates: 2003-2015Author: Bdub711
Self | Rating: 91Smooth and mellow with slight notes of licorice and olive oil and a lingering finish. Very good, but not really exceptional -- a nice glass of wine that aged well and should be drunk now.Drink Dates: 2008-2009Author: Jeffrey M989
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 601 bottles owned
- 189 collectors
- Average collector rating: 91
(Out of 189 collectors)