2001 Harlan - The Maiden 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2001 The Maiden's dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a lovely bouquet of melted chocolate, espresso roast, black currants, berries, licorice, and underbrush. This full-bodied, well-balanced, opulent second wine is as good as many California producers' primary cuvee. Its sweet, supple tannin and forward personality suggest consuming it over the next 10-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Highly aromatic nose combines roasted black raspberry, game and beefsteak tomato. Superripe and smooth, with lovely vinosity and subtle notes of tobacco and meat. Finishes with big, broad, spreading tannins and intriguing mineral character. Suggests a wider range of ripeness than the young 2002 sample.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Firm and tightly wound, with an earthy, mineral edge to the ripe currant and blackberry flavors, with a touch of tobacco, herb and pencil lead adding dimension. The tannins are firm and concentrated, though the flavors are a bit clipped on the finish. 975 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2012
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: fred2288
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 01/14/2012
Drink Dates:
Not quite as good as Matriarch, but still pleasing

Rating: 93
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Rating: 93
Author: Jkbergmann
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/03/2009

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 92
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/16/2011
Site Blog: mac_h

Rating: 91
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 08/23/2010
Better than the bottle last winter. Probably best to drink the rest within the next year.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

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

1501 bottles owned by 520 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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