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1998 Harlan Estate The Maiden

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 91 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 51565-1998-750

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$129.95

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Complex 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: 90

    Good 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 Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 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: 91

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Hal
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: JasonBoland
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Mayo
  • Self | Rating:

    mature
    Author: TF Winery
  • Self | Rating: 87

    nice aroma in first 1 hour. tast full of cs currantberry?
    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Plum notes very thick favor
    Drink Dates: 2003-2015
    Author: Bdub711
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Smooth 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: 2008-2009
    Author: Jeffrey M989
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 601 bottles owned
  • 189 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 189 collectors)