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2000 Harlan Estate - The Maiden

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 89 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51565-2000-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Beautifully defined Cabernet, smooth, rich and deftly balanced, with a firm, concentrated core of spicy currant, blackberry, sage, anise and wild berry, with a long finish and well-integrated tannins. 950 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    Red-ruby. Aromas of currant, coffee and menthol. Offers an intriguing mineral quality in the mouth but lacks generosity and depth, not to mention persistence. With modest mid-palate material, the tannins come across as a bit dry.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    The 2000 The Maiden reflects the softness and easy-going nature of the vintage. Attractive in a fruit-driven, earthy style with notions of dried herbs intermixed with espresso roast, cappuccino, white chocolate, and black currants, this modestly-endowed, evolved 2000 is best consumed over the next 8-10 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: Hal
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Dinner at home with Cophams and friends. Boatloads of fruit. Still a baby and I'll wait a bit before opening my last bottle. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes.
    Author: Greg G
  • Self | Rating: 88

    The Maiden is Harlan Estate?s second wine. It is a true second wine because all barrels from a vintage are raised in exactly the same manner and then, after they have developed, are tasted with the best barrels going to the Estate and the balance becoming the Maiden. Because Harlan co-ferments its wine, it is virtually impossible to know the exact cepage of the Maiden but it is safe to say that it consists primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2000 is already enjoyable to drink and I would opt to consume this wine earlier in its lifecycle then other Maidens. Moderate to dark red colored wine with an already expansive nose of Taransaud oak, mint, vanilla, cr?me brul?e, milk, and dark fruits. Deft fruit coupled with attractive oak shadings. Significant tannins clamp down on the finish and snuff out the wine prematurely. Acidity is quite good. A lighter styled Maiden but still quite enjoyable.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2010
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Very good bottle of wine. Almost a tease -- it gives you a great idea of what you would get if you could afford to buy Harlan's first wine -- but doesn't quite get you there.
    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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1103 bottles owned
  • 254 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 254 collectors)