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2005 Harlan Estate The Maiden

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

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SKU: 51565-2005

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    A complex mix of herb, tar, currant and black cherry fruit is supple and balanced, ending with a touch of charry oak, but also a tasty core of dark fruit flavors.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Bill HarlanƒA?A?s fabled hillside vineyard has become, since 1991, one of the greatest names in the wine world. The first vintages were 1990 and 1991. The Maiden is their selection of lots and barrels that are deemed slightly less complex and impressive. That sounds critical, but this is a beautiful wine. Always more evolved, precocious and very sexy, the 2005 The Maiden is superb. Dense ruby/purple, with notes of underbrush, graphite, earth, loamy soil and oodles of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, it offers supple tannins, beautifully integrated acidity and wood. This is a beauty that can be drunk now or held for cellaring another 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Good full medium ruby. Sappy aromas of dark fruits, spicy oak and minerals. Wonderfully juicy and lively on the palate, with floral and mineral elements serving to frame and lift the dark fruit flavors. Very firmly built wine with terrific vinosity and balance. Almost too good for a second wine.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: SamT
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Hal
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Mayo
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2011-2011
    Author: Envoy
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2011-2016
    Author: Nick Shea
  • Self | Rating: 92

    A bit tight to start with but after 20 minutes showed a number of layers of dark fruit
    Author: Adriel L
  • Self | Rating: 97

    a very lovely cabernet could use more time but opened up nicely
    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: RalphTs
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Delightful. Well-integrated and smooth. Drinking incredibly well now.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: afikes
  • Self | Rating:

    Garnet in color. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Mineral, Black currant (cassis), Blackberry. Very smooth finish, excellent but not sure it was worth the price
    Author: Carol H12
  • Self | Rating: 86

    I bought an owc three pack at the vineyard last year and put it right in the cellar. Unfortunately this did not live up to my memories and it simply wasn't that great. Tight and slightly acid, ok fruit and an ok nose. This was nothing special and I was quite disappointed relative to what I remembered. That was first tasting of the day on that trip and I read my notes back to double check. Anyhow, this certainly isn't bad but for this bottle at least, it wasn't worth repeating at this price point. Perhaps it will improve with a bit more age.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2018
    Author: DartAdam
  • Self | Rating: 94

    I managed to hold off (almost) a year before drinking my second bottle. Very good wine. Lots going on here -- red fruit (strawberries and cherries), chocolate, and just a hint of olives. Still a bit tannic, but a nice long finish. It's going to take some willpower to hold off on drinking the last bottle.
    Drink Dates: 2011
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Opened about 45 minutes prior to drinking; bottle was not decanted. Color was a bright medium red. Nose appeared quite forward with hints of both red and black fruits. Definitely hints of vanilla from the wood but not overdone. On the palate, very well-balanced with fruit, tannin, and acid all in their places. Tannins still fairly pronounced but without any sharp edges. Plush fruit flavors ... this is a fairly elegant wine. Very enjoyable and a good fit for a steak dinner.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2018
    Author: Todd W59
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

  • 2266 bottles owned
  • 457 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 457 collectors)