1996 Harlan - The Maiden 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

The 1996 Maiden was performing even better this year. The dark saturated plum/purple color is followed by aromas of prunes, coffee, black fruits, and espresso beans. With an opulent personality, low acidity and a plush texture, it is a sexy, well-endowed wine.

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 100
Author: Suen Gary
Tasted On: 10/18/2011

Rating: 93
Author: StefanBoedeker
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/24/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2015
Nice dark purple, almost black color. Strong bouquet of coffee/espresso beans and plenty of black fruit and plums. On the palate it is a full bodied wine with an opulent texture where fruit, acidity and tannins blend well. This will probably still be a great wine the next 5-7 years.

Rating: 91
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 03/04/2009

Rating: 80
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/27/2010
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
This was an off bottle. The fruit was completed dominated by the tannins and acidity. After two hours of air it opened only slightly. Try again in three years.

Average rating: 91, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

495 bottles owned by 226 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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