2000 Harlan - The Maiden 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Beautifully defined Cabernet, smooth, rich and deftly balanced, with a firm, concentrated core of spicy currant, blackberry, sage, anise and wild berry, with a long finish and well-integrated tannins. 950 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2012
Author: James Laube

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

The 2000 The Maiden reflects the softness and easy-going nature of the vintage. Attractive in a fruit-driven, earthy style with notions of dried herbs intermixed with espresso roast, cappuccino, white chocolate, and black currants, this modestly-endowed, evolved 2000 is best consumed over the next 8-10 years.

Drink Dates: 2003-2013
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

Red-ruby. Aromas of currant, coffee and menthol. Offers an intriguing mineral quality in the mouth but lacks generosity and depth, not to mention persistence. With modest mid-palate material, the tannins come across as a bit dry.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 91
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/18/2009
Very good bottle of wine. Almost a tease -- it gives you a great idea of what you would get if you could afford to buy Harlan's first wine -- but doesn't quite get you there.

Rating: 90
Author: Greg G
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/26/2005
Dinner at home with Cophams and friends. Boatloads of fruit. Still a baby and I'll wait a bit before opening my last bottle. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 89
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 03/04/2009

Rating: 88
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2004-2010
The Maiden is Harlan Estate?s second wine. It is a true second wine because all barrels from a vintage are raised in exactly the same manner and then, after they have developed, are tasted with the best barrels going to the Estate and the balance becoming the Maiden. Because Harlan co-ferments its wine, it is virtually impossible to know the exact cepage of the Maiden but it is safe to say that it consists primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2000 is already enjoyable to drink and I would opt to consume this wine earlier in its lifecycle then other Maidens. Moderate to dark red colored wine with an already expansive nose of Taransaud oak, mint, vanilla, cr?me brul?e, milk, and dark fruits. Deft fruit coupled with attractive oak shadings. Significant tannins clamp down on the finish and snuff out the wine prematurely. Acidity is quite good. A lighter styled Maiden but still quite enjoyable.

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Rating: 88
Author: Hal
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/21/2008

Average rating: 90, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1217 bottles owned by 369 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.

See other similar producers: Opus One, Pahlmeyer, Sloan Estate

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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