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Harlan Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley the Maiden 2003

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"... exhibits plenty of caramel, black currant, and espresso roast characteristics, a fleshy mid-palate, and a long, supple finish...91." WA 12/06.

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Harlan Estate:
Set in the western hills of Oakville, rising above the tabled Napa Valley benchlands, the estate is over 240 acres of natural .splendor; oak-studded knolls and valleys, roughly fifteen percent of which are under vine, planted to the classic varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdoc. But more than that it is a family homestead; a place of great inspiration, carved from the raw land, built for generations.

External Reviews for Harlan Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley the Maiden

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/28/2010

Made in the Harlan Estate style, but more supple and evolved, the 2003 The Maiden exhibits plenty of caramel, black currant, and espresso roast characteristics, a fleshy mid-palate, and a long, supple... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2003 Harlan Estate The Maiden 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/20/2014

Bright deep ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry redcurrant menthol and red licorice. Sweet dense and fine-grained with lovely floral lift. Nicely ripe for the year. Finishes with firm lush building tannins. This needs a couple more years in the bottle. (The 2004 was being blended on the day of my tasting.) Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/20/2014

Readers looking for more immediate gratification should seek out the seductive sexy 2003 The Maiden. It offers lots of cedarwood white chocolate black currant and damp forest notes in a medium to full-bodied round generous style with all the oak absorbed. The acidity provides good vibrancy but no tartness and the tannins are not astringent. This spicy open-knit fleshy 2003 is showing extremely well at present. Enjoy it over the next decade. - RP Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/20/2014

This second label of Harlan Estate comes from the estate vineyard and shares much in common with the main wine which is a bit more focused and concentrated. The similarities include the briary wild herb scents of sage and thyme that complex the ripe red cherry pie filling fruit cocoa cola and licorice. As with the main wine the tannins here are gorgeous. This is a balanced harmonious wine that combines power and elegance. Wine Enthusiast.



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