2007 Harlan - The Maiden 750ml

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WS 93   WA 93   IWC 92   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Tight and complex, with a firm, focused mix of mineral, dried currant, herb, sage and cedar. Full-bodied, intense and persistent, ending with a complex, layered aftertaste.

Drink Dates: 2012-2022
Author: James Laube

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

As outstanding as the 2008 is, it is eclipsed by the brilliant 2007 The Maiden, perhaps the finest second wine yet made here. Sweet tobacco leaf, fruitcake, creme de cassis, black currant and licorice aromas emerge from this round, opulent, voluptuously textured wine. It is very much in keeping with the 2007 vintage.

Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Good deep ruby-red. Currant, cedar and graphite on the nose and palate. Pliant and showy already, with compelling sweetness of fruit and a fresh minerally quality giving juiciness and lift to the middle palate. Long and ripely tannic. This is freakishly good for a second wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 96
Author: Crufamily
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 04/05/2014

Rating: 96
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/19/2014
Drink Dates:
Really wonderful bottle of wine. Supple, fruit forward without being too fruity or pushy. Wish I had more, we had with many other Cabs (Continum, Groth, David Authur) and this was by far the best!

Rating: 96
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/19/2011
Incredibly tasty, very young, loads of fruit, plenty of time to go.

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

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

501 bottles owned by 148 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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