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2002 Harlan Estate The Maiden

  • 94 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 51565-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Good full ruby-red. Superripe aromas of sweet, sappy berries; not roasted. Lush, sweet and sappy, with compelling freshness and depth of sappy fruit. This has terrific early appeal as well as a firm structure to support further development in bottle. Finishes with big, chewy, tongue-dusting tannins and superb lingering sweetness of dark berry fruit. The best Maiden vintage yet.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Sweet, deep black currant fruit, espresso, licorice, graphite, and earth aromas emerge from the dense, ruby/purple-colored 2002 The Maiden, which cascades over the palate without a hard edge. Like its bigger sibling, it's impossible to resist at present, but promises to age well for 15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Very rich and concentrated, racy at points, with dried currant, loamy earth and savory dried herb notes. Drying on the finish, yet the flavors run deep and persistent.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: dfn76
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: Hal
  • Anonymous | Rating: 100

    Could be aged for 8 more years. Took about 30 minutes to open up and after it did was perfect. Great on this Valentine's day.
    Author: michaelmis
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Decanted for 8 hours, this is one of the best wines of the vintage, a deep ruby red color, huge nose of blackberries and cassis, huge well integrated tannins with a long spectacular finish. This was one of 22 bottles consumed at an amazing wine dinner with buddies of mine. This was one of the wines of the evening up against some really great bottles.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Not much different from the Harlin of the same year, but much less expensive. Deep color and flavor with earthy loamy taste, velvety tannin and long finish.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2013
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 95

    This is one of the best CA cabs we have had in a decade; lots of cassis and blackberry on first taste; a long finish with lots of complexity; delicious now but will be good for another 5 years at least.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2012
    Author: Serl Z
  • Self | Rating: 96

    What a wine.
    Author: Billy the Kid
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.

See other similar producers:Opus One,Pahlmeyer,Sloan Estate

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

  • 1147 bottles owned
  • 328 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 328 collectors)