2008 Harlan Estate The Maiden

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
Drink between 2014 - 2023
CT92.9 12 reviews
Borrowed from 2007
Borrowed from 2009
Borrowed from 2006
Borrowed from 2010
Borrowed from 2003
Borrowed from 2003
Borrowed from 2002
Borrowed from 2002
Borrowed from 2001
Borrowed from 2000
Borrowed from 1998
Borrowed from 1995
1 of 13

Community Tasting Notes 5

  • 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
  • jrkennedy37 wrote: (93 points)

    April 13, 2013 - When first opened, I began searching for what price I could resell this. Given a few hours, the complexity is impressive, with earthy and herbal red and black fruit opening to a rather tannic finish. Much more on the BDX spectrum than napa, this is a bottle that needs adequate time to integrate and allow the diverse components to even out. Even at $150+/bottle, this is a worthwhile investment.

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

    April 26, 2012 - Drank over two nights and it didn't change much. Rich, pure fruit with chocolate and spice. Really nice and I'd say drink now with a little air or let it age for a few years. 93+

    2 people found this helpful Comment

Pro Reviews 2

Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews. Learn more.

Manage Subscriptions


  • By Antonio Galloni
    New Releases from Napa Valley (Dec 2011) (link)

    (Harlan The Maiden Oakville) Subscribe to see review text.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

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

    (Harlan Estate The Maiden Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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 44 (3%)
  • In Cellars 1360 (88%)
  • Consumed 142 (9%)

Food Pairing

No food pairings available.

Who Likes This Wine

100% Like It  3 votes