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 Vintage2001 Label 2 of 16 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2002 vintage.)
TypeRed
ProducerHarlan Estate (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationThe Maiden
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2019 (based on 22 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Harlan Estate The Maiden on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.4 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 59 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by BradE on 3/29/2015: Fun wine, and showed its pedigree. But in the end was a disappointment. (612 views)
 Tasted by Newport mike on 3/10/2015 & rated 94 points: 2 hr decant, wine was spectacular. Had a 6th bottling of abacus after it, maiden held its own. Kept getting better (616 views)
 Tasted by EFeldhake on 9/20/2014 & rated 92 points: Deep garnet in color with glint of ox blood on edge. Nose of blueberry, graphite, and hint of leather. Tastes of cassis, blueberry, cocoa, and tobacco. Opened with very dry oaky note that shed after a couple hours of decanting. Still evolving. Should evolve for another 3-5 years. (1599 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 5/17/2014 & rated 92 points: I thought the wine showed too much alcohol and too little fruits drank two years ago. This showed a lot better.

Pop and pour and over three nights. Noticeable dusty note in the nose then cassis, blueberry jam, plum, a hint of oak and alcohol, cocoa, graphite, cappuccino and earth. Very good concentration not great, round and silky palate, cassis driven sweet fruit palate impression, earth/dust, strong presence of acidity and still noticeable but not obtrusive tannins. On third day, a hint of oxidative note at the end. IMO, some similarity to the Harlan but not as polished and layered. If you look for old school freshness, you won’t find it here.

My ratings tend to be quite close +-2 points but not in this case. A few different possibilities; bottle variation, two additional years of cellaring really helped or my impression varied drastically.

I highly recommend decanting for three to four hours as it drank the best on the second day. (2412 views)
 Tasted by patwjr on 4/15/2014 & rated 93 points: Decanted and drank over 2 hours. Nice though slightly muted nose, tannins tight but soft. 1 hour later the tannins turned a little gritty on the finish but the fruit was more present. Of course the last glass at the 2 hour mark was the best, though I will hold off on drinking more for a few years. (2166 views)
 Tasted by joshabramson on 3/15/2014 & rated 95 points: Beautiful wine, very elegant on the pallet. Still quite youthful and slightly dry on the finish after first taste... this clearly has many good years ahead of it. (2159 views)
 Tasted by davek on 1/17/2013 & rated 79 points: We agree pretty strongly with DCWINO. Totally out of balance. Needs to be decanted probably 6-8 hours or more. Certainly did not help the food. For a wine this pedigree, very disappointed and was hardly worth drinking. Perhaps we had a bad bottle and will try it again in the future hoping for a more enjoyable experience. (4465 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 7/20/2012 & rated 92 points: Excellent bottle. Rich with a silky mouthfeel. Dark fruit, beautiful balance. (4851 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 7/13/2012 & rated 85 points: The first impression is a slight hint of cassis, sweet spices coming from alcohol and extremely oaky dry tannins. What to make out of a wine that Bob rated 93 pts and none of the CT ratings not lower than 90pts where some of the notes are written by the palates that I trust? I was very much looking forward to this bottle as only a month ago I tried a great bottle of the 03 maiden and rated 95 pts.

I tried the 01 maiden over three nights hoping that the fruit will emerge to balance alcohol. The tannins remained woody and dry, perhaps the third night, slightly calmed down. The alcohol remained noticeable and the fruit remained muted. I find the CT user Marc’s note very useful and interesting. “It will infuriate people who despair of the high alcohol, worked style of Napa cabernet. Currently this has nothing to do with the Bordeaux benchmark. Massive, rich and porty on the nose, this wine is layered but it ultimately comes across as monolithic - one needs to searching for the layers.”. I am sensitive to high alcohol but can appreciate the wines like saxum or SQN. I however am not sure the time will solve the disjointed nature of this wine including lack of the fresh fruit expression. My rating for this wine reflects the respect for other taster’s assessments as well as my belief in 20 point based 100 point scale unless the wine is clearly flawed. This was purchased from the winery and always kept at my temperature controlled cellar. (4175 views)
 Tasted by Marc on 4/13/2012 & rated 92 points: This is undoubtedly outstanding wine that brings a lot of excitement to the table. However, it will infuriate people who dispair of the high alcohol, worked style of Napa cabernet. Currently this has nothing to do with the Bordeaux benchmark. Massive, rich and porty on the nose, this wine is layered but it ultimately comes across as monolithic - one needs to searching for the layers. Candied fennel, dried thyme, cigar box and extremely ripe plums are bound to a hugely tannic framework - one that became more and more apparent as the wine opened up. The wine comes across as warm as well. Not a great match with sous vide lamb with tapenade on a bean and radish salad - one that worked extremely well with the Coleraine 05 and Larrivet Haut Brion 00 earlier in the week. I will not touch my next bottle for 5 years - hoping that the wine gains further nuance and a sense of transparency that will allow one to get into the fruit complexity. I don't think that the fruit is going to fade on this.... I hope this will evolve in the same manner as the 95 Maiden. For now and for its style (if you like this ostentatious kind of thing) 92+. (4344 views)
 Tasted by btock on 4/11/2012 & rated 92 points: Very good showing. Deep coloring, no chips in the mouthfeel or finish. Deep currant and purple fruit core with juicy minerality on top. I liked this very much. Wine is dense, but not heavy. Plenty of life yet to go. Liked this with a bit of air in the glass, decant not necessary I think. (4210 views)
 Tasted by salil on 11/24/2011 & rated 92 points: Big, dense and powerful, and a little overwhelming at first with some oaky bitterness and a little alcoholic warmth sticking out in the first few sips. With air it integrates beautifully, combining dark chocolate, plums, black cherries, vanilla and well integrated oak accents into a very rich but well balanced package. There's tremendous power and persistence here, and while it's not the sort of wine I'd want to reach for every day, it's great to sit down with and enjoy over a few hours. (3713 views)
 Tasted by GalvezGuy on 11/18/2011 & rated 92 points: CT Texas III; 11/18/2011-11/21/2011 (Galveston, TX): Double decnated. Classic nose of cassis, sour cherry, plum, spice, mint, licorice, vanilla. On the palate, sour cherry, cassis, spice, mint, licorice. espresso. Finishes a little bit hot and has decent length. I really appreciate getting to try this wine. (3838 views)
 Tasted by danstrings on 9/19/2011 & rated 92 points: A day at Harlan trying every vintage of the Maiden ever made (Harlan winery, Oakville, CA): "A classic restrained Napa year, a landmark for Harlan" says GM Don. This Maiden has a sweet and sexy disposition, yet retains balance. Loads of the classic dusty chocolaty black cherry goodness. (4044 views)
 Tasted by sehill on 9/19/2011 & rated 90 points: This wine shows a subtle, developed bouquet of pencil lead, black currants and licorice. The aromatics are nuanced and detailed. The color is a tarnished dark ruby with a bricking edges. The medium/full bodied palate shows lushness and balanced at the beginning but a somewhat short finish detracts from the overall impression. (3389 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 8/22/2011 & rated 91 points: 14.5% alcohol. i'm impressed by the community will power to hold this. 75% of the CT! inventory has not been drunk. well...get over yourselves because while this is a wine that has some guts, it's not a wine that will reward super long term aging, because i think the tannins will always be a bit firm, if not a little bitter and very chewy. after 10 years, if this were really worth holding, i would expect to see more complimentary integration by now. decanted, and i consider it mandatory. note written after 2 hours. first samples were very red and very hot on the finish. air has allowed the fruit to mellow into place. the nose surpasses the midpalate. i actually think that at this juncture the big tannins and oak are complimentary to the existing fruit to the point that, yes, it's vanilla and cassis and blackberry and cedar now, but when the fruit fades (and i think it will) then you will be left with a goopy mess. i like a drinking window of now-2016. big ass cab freaks may score this higher in it's current state. the finish is the problem as i see it. for mattie. (3617 views)
 Tasted by sbfireman on 7/1/2011 & rated 90 points: Okay - so I drank the Harlan kool-aid a few years ago and grabbed an 00 and 01. The 00 rocked it hard and was one of the finest wines. The 01....not so much. Sure a solid wine but I was placing too much on the pedigree rather than the finished product. Having said that, she was a good drink. Decanted for a couple three hours which in hindsight, may have been on the short side. Towards the end of the night (some 7 hours later), more in line with a heavy hitter. Glad to have tried but won't go looking for more. (3813 views)
 Tasted by AlexHop on 5/13/2011 & rated 91 points: Nice, bold, but not that balanced. A bit of an acid edge. Good fruit still and long finish. (3862 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 11/21/2010: Cab's at the Capital Grille (Minneapolis): This was really a disappointment. I was expecting a great wine. But what I got was an alcohol bomb that that was barely drinkable. Given the high CT scores, maybe this bottle was unrepresentative, I hope so. no score. (4822 views)
 Tasted by jshufelt on 6/18/2010 & rated 93 points: Opened four hours before service, but not decanted: it should have been. Deep, dark reddish-black with a slight hint of purple at the rim. On the nose, fruit, fruit, and more fruit, with subtle hints of cedar and minerality. On the palate, dark fruit, mostly currants, with graphite and minerals, a bit of tobacco, and the beginnings of a luxurious, soft texture that were quickly overtaken by a long, tannic finish. It's not mouth-searing, but you won't regret tucking it away for another 3+ years. Too bad I only had one bottle... (4963 views)
 Tasted by Serge Birbrair on 5/8/2010: California Cult Wines tasting - eye openers and disapointments (WineWatch tasting and dinner, Fort Lauderdale): Very concentrated, and young, but drinking well nevertheless. Black currants, density, lots of balance and need some time to round alcohol on the finish. (5670 views)
 Tasted by jgdavis on 11/9/2009 & rated 99 points: Amazing (6030 views)
 Tasted by James B on 9/5/2009 & rated 96 points: Great wine experience. This wine is not too young to drink, although it will be fabulous for another decade. We took it to a restaurant and had it decanted immediately. We poured it an hour later. Initially it was a little austere and tannic in the glass, but from the start it exhibited profound structure and backbone. After another hour, any remnants of harsh tannins blew off, and the wine was outstanding in all respects. Gripping, assertive, arresting; not to be ignored. Elegant aroma with searing notes of bright cherry fruit. Big, complex, nuanced palate with just the right amount of oak. Stellar finish. This was one of those wine nights that tempts you to write or e-mail someone about it. Just a terrific wine. (5996 views)
 Tasted by Serge Birbrair on 8/30/2009: Way to young, this wine shouldn't be drunk for another 5 years minimum. (5889 views)
 Tasted by MarkC on 7/14/2009 & rated 93 points: Very solid showing. Tannins are softening, but still somewhat show up the currant and strawberry fruit. Interesting, subtle flavors, and, to me, much better than the regular bottlings. (6258 views)
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