1998 Harlan - The Maiden 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

The 1998 Maiden is prodigious. I know it is tempting to pooh-pooh second wines, but this is no afterthought from owner Bill Harlan and the winemaking team of American Bob Levy and Frenchman Michel Rolland. The 1998 Maiden (770 cases) possesses a dense purple color and a knockout nose of cocoa, prunes, blackberries, plums, and cassis. Spicy, with moderate tannin, and a viscosity and richness akin to beef blood, it is a gorgeous, concentrated, thick effort.

Drink Dates: 2002-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Complex and concentrated, with a potent core of ripe, rich blackberry, wild berry and black cherry fruit that's beautifully defined, finishing with firm, dry tannins and a whiff of herbaceousness. 740 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2009
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

Good bright ruby. Aromatic nose of black cherry and licorice. Supple and pliant for the vintage, with slightly medicinal black cherry and black pepper flavors; shows very good but not outstanding depth. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins and very good length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: TF Winery
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/04/2010
mature

Rating: 93
Author: Bdub711
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/10/2014
Drink Dates: 2003-2015
Plum notes very thick favor

Rating: 92
Author: Mayo
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/27/2010

Rating: 92
Author: JasonBoland
Tasted On: 07/02/2010

Rating: 87
Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/05/2011
nice aroma in first 1 hour. tast full of cs currantberry?

Average rating: 91, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

683 bottles owned by 275 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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