2005 Harlan - The Maiden 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Harlan's second wine, The Maiden, is marvelous in 2005. Ripe, opulent fruit and notes of unsmoked high class cigar tobacco intermixed with creme de cassis, coffee, and asphalt are present in this round, superbly textured, rich, full-bodied, silky, beautifully wrought wine.

Drink Dates: 2008-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Good full medium ruby. Sappy aromas of dark fruits, spicy oak and minerals. Wonderfully juicy and lively on the palate, with floral and mineral elements serving to frame and lift the dark fruit flavors. Very firmly built wine with terrific vinosity and balance. Almost too good for a second wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

A complex mix of herb, tar, currant and black cherry fruit is supple and balanced, ending with a touch of charry oak, but also a tasty core of dark fruit flavors.

Drink Dates: 2010-2016
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: RalphTs
Tasted On: 04/14/2015
Drink Dates: 2015-2025
a very lovely cabernet could use more time but opened up nicely

Rating: 95
Author: Nick Shea
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/07/2013
Drink Dates: 2011-2016

Rating: 94
Author: Hal
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/06/2014

Rating: 94
Author: afikes
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 01/19/2015
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Delightful. Well-integrated and smooth. Drinking incredibly well now.

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

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

2781 bottles owned by 748 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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