2006 Harlan - The Maiden 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Tightly wound, firm and concentrated, with a chewy core of dried currant, cedar, anise and mineral, yet for all its austerity there's a wonderful beam of ripe dark fruit that gains depth, nuance and length. Impressive for its structure and depth.

Drink Dates: 2010-2017
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Good saturated ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of black cherry, licorice, violet and menthol. Thicker than the Bond Matriarch offering from the same winemaking team, but impressively vibrant for all its sweetness. Complex flavors of blackberry, raspberry, licorice, tobacco, smoke and iron are nicely framed by substantial firm-edged tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

The 2006 The Maiden is a supple, forward, lush, full-bodied effort revealing notes of cedar, spice box, loamy soil, red and black fruits, and earth. It can be consumed now and over the next 12-14 years.

Drink Dates: 2009-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/07/2012
Nicely integrated now with good structure, pleasant fruit but tending to firmer flavors such as a hint of cedar and some earthiness.

Rating: 91
Author: Hal
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/06/2014

Rating: 90
Author: afikes
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/31/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Decanted over an hour. Needed more time. Still relatively young, could use several years to finish mellowing.

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1275 bottles owned by 319 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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