2008 Harlan Estate The Maiden

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • Kemo Sabe Likes this wine: (94 points)

    January 27, 2015 - Big. Rich. Luscious. Deep. Dark. Brooding. Long and mouth coating. This was really good tonight. In a great spot. 94+

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Ibetian wrote:

    October 4, 2014 - Brought to dinner by a generous friend. Full throttle ca cab, with plenty of flavor and power. Seemed like it could use a bit more time to integrate; alcohol seemed a bit too much at all his stage. Might be better in a couple of years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Yiannis Likes this wine: (95 points)

    March 27, 2014 - Dark purple. Expressive and complex nose of mocha, dark chocolate, liquorice, anise, blackberry, smoke and dark plum. Full-bodied with firm tannins, rich fruit, moderate acidity and a long aftertaste. Still very youthful but enjoyable in the same time. Long aftertaste. Very close in style to a modern right bank Bordeaux. Won't touch my other bottles for the next 5 years at least (if I can keep my hands away of them). This is remarkably more backward than both the 2005 and 2007.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • cos65 Likes this wine:

    February 9, 2014 - Dark black purple, lush, very hard not to like, but so much flavor with a fairly large dollop of cedary oak, that this almost seems like a cocktail. Not necessarily a dinner wine at this point, but so tasty.

    3 days later, still with goblet filling aromas of crème de cacao, cedar, black raspberry with some drying tannins on the finish. While so tasty as a beverage, I don't know what to serve this with and almost worry how this is going to totally integrate. If your meal tonite consists only of a glass of wine, drink it, otherwise might hold off a while.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Yiannis wrote: (93 points)

    October 25, 2013 - Very good Napa cab but lacking the wow! factor of the vintages tasted previously (2005 and 2007). This is very dark ruby with intense dark chocolate, liquorice, mint, sweet spices, blackberry, plum and, unlike the aforementioned vintages, not much cedar. Full-bodied with high extract, firm, almost drying tannins and moderate acidity without lacking in balance. Alcohol is reasonable given the style (14.5%) and nicely integrated. Aftertaste is sweet and long. Obviously not at peak, will improve with 3-5 years of additional cellaring.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    New Releases from Napa Valley (Dec 2011) (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2011, Issue #156 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Harlan Estate
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation The Maiden
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 43 (3%)
  • In Cellars 1428 (87%)
  • Consumed 170 (10%)

Food Pairing

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Who Likes This Wine

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