Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Firm and tightly wound, with an earthy, mineral edge to the ripe currant and blackberry flavors, with a touch of tobacco, herb and pencil lead adding dimension. The tannins are firm and concentrated, though the flavors are a bit clipped on the finish. 975 cases made.Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Highly aromatic nose combines roasted black raspberry, game and beefsteak tomato. Superripe and smooth, with lovely vinosity and subtle notes of tobacco and meat. Finishes with big, broad, spreading tannins and intriguing mineral character. Suggests a wider range of ripeness than the young 2002 sample.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93The 2001 The Maiden's dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a lovely bouquet of melted chocolate, espresso roast, black currants, berries, licorice, and underbrush. This full-bodied, well-balanced, opulent second wine is as good as many California producers' primary cuvee. Its sweet, supple tannin and forward personality suggest consuming it over the next 10-15 years.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 93Author: winefolio
Self | Rating: 92Author: tiberite
Self | Rating: 93Author: Jkbergmann
Self | Rating: 94Author: Hal
Self | Rating: 91Better than the bottle last winter. Probably best to drink the rest within the next year.Author: Ronn L
Self | Rating: 92better with some ageAuthor: Johnnymd
Self | Rating: 93MatureAuthor: marv
Self | Rating:Not quite as good as Matriarch, but still pleasingAuthor: fred2288
Self | Rating: 93The Maiden is red black colored and is nearly opaque with lots of thin moderately pigmented legs. A reticent but already complex nose of cherry, milk, smooth toasty oak (more of a bass note of oak as opposed to the toasty oak one gets in a California Chardonnay), seashells, and some vanilla. In the mouth, the wine is very structured and concentrated. While it is certainly impressive now it is almost painful to drink. Strong flavors of baker?s chocolate, plum, cherry, and wood with |excessively steeped tea| texture. Note, even in small quantities this wine continued to improve over 36 hours in glass. Remarkable.Drink Dates: 2009-2015+Author: Daniel B
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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 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.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 1259 bottles owned
- 300 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 300 collectors)