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2003 Harlan Estate - The Maiden

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 93 WA
  • 86 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51565-2003
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Readers looking for more immediate gratification should seek out the seductive, sexy 2003 The Maiden. It offers lots of cedarwood, white chocolate, black currant and damp forest notes in a medium to full-bodied, round, generous style with all the oak absorbed. The acidity provides good vibrancy, but no tartness, and the tannins are not astringent. This spicy, open-knit, fleshy 2003 is showing extremely well at present. Enjoy it over the next decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Bright, deep ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, redcurrant, menthol and red licorice. Sweet, dense and fine-grained, with lovely floral lift. Nicely ripe for the year. Finishes with firm, lush, building tannins. This needs a couple more years in the bottle. (The 2004 was being blended on the day of my tasting.)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Tightly wound, with firm dried red currant, blackberry, mineral and a hint of red brick. Well-focused and balanced, with a tasty, persistent finish. 1,125 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 86

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: afikes
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Bdub711
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Edward C731
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Hal
  • Self | Rating: 91

    A good wine but not the 2002. I like the Maiden, sometimes more than the regular Harlan.
    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating:

    An excellent wine. Drank with the Podells. They loved it, as did we.
    Author: fred2288
  • Anonymous | Rating: 92

    Big, dark red. Concentrated aromas and flavors of cassis, blueberries, tobacco and cedar. Some smokiness. Long
    Drink Dates: 2006-2018
    Author: Khaled H
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Early
    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Enjoyable, but not particularly interesting. Too much oak poking through for me.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2022
    Author: Todd W59
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Still very big and will drink well for years. Lots of layers of fruit. Evolved in glass over several hours.
    Author: Lellman2
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1545 bottles owned
  • 383 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 383 collectors)