2011 Harlan Estate - The Maiden
Wine Spectator | Rating: 86A tough version, with drying tannins outweighing the ripe fruit. Medium-weight and well-balanced, if shy on depth.Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Saturated ruby. Slightly high-toned, inviting aromas of blueberry, blackberry, licorice pastille, minerals and sexy oak. Juicy and tight, with firm acidity contributing to an impression of spine. The dark berry and licorice flavors builds slowly on the firmly tannic back end, leaving the mouth perfumed.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2014
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91The Maiden is fashioned from barrels not deemed rich or complex enough for the Harlan Estate (a true first-growth wine). The supple, delicious, fruit-forward 2011 The Maiden exhibits lots of sweet black cherries intermixed with hints of caramel and vanillin, an attractive, medium to full-bodied texture and good opulence as well as softness. It is on a fast evolutionary track, so enjoy it now and over the next 10+ years.Author: Robert Parker
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