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2004 Harlan Estate - The Maiden

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51565-2004-750-2B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($110) Full, deep ruby. Explosive aromas of red- and blackcurrant, tobacco, minerals and menthol. Sweet and fine-grained, with terrific fruit intensity and balance for a second wine-and a sense of completeness. Vinous, ripely tannic and long, but the tannins of the 2005 are more refined.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Big, dark, rich, intense and firmly tannic, with a massive, layered core of spicy currant, mocha, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's deep and concentrated, unfolding with a remarkable measure of grace and finesse.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    I was blown away by the 2004 The Maiden, which out of bottle is even better than it was from barrel. This wine exhibits a rather flamboyant scorched earth, lead pencil, incense, licorice, and blackberry and cassis-scented nose and flavors. The wine has superb concentration and is opulent, fleshy, and very much in keeping with the style of the vintage. Despite its accessibility, I suspect this wine will drink well for at least two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Edward C731
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Hal
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Bright fruit (maybe cherry) along with nice complexity and finish. Very good, but I was hoping for a little more firmness with the fruit. None of the cedar I've noticed with other Harlan wines.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Cedar, tobacco, with reasonable but not outstanding complexity. Doesn't hold a candle against its more famous sibling.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2022
    Author: afikes
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Early
    Author: marv
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Layers and Layers. Drink over several days and watch it morph.
    Author: michaelmis
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Opened and double-decanted 3 hours prior to drinking. Very dark red/black color. Nose was a bit unusual - some fruit, but also some vegetal and mint aromas. I found it enjoyable and intriguing, but most of the tasters were not fond of its character. A big wine with some black fruit flavors, but also quite a bit of oak, i.e. vanilla and peppery notes. I actually liked this wine more for its aromas rather than flavors. This wine may get a bit better over next few years, but I don't think by much. I much preferred the 2005 Maiden to this 2004.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2018
    Author: Todd W59
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Purple in color. Low rim variation. Medium legs. Plum, Raisin, Alcohol/Hot. Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Oak, Meaty. Medium/Full bodied. Silky texture. Long finish.
    Author: tonyricciardi
  • Self | Rating:

    RSUI event
    Author: Davis M
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

  • 1698 bottles owned
  • 411 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 411 collectors)