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2004 Harlan Estate The Maiden
Red Bordeaux Blend
- > California
- > Napa Valley
Community Tasting Notes 49
ewsb Likes this wine: (94 points)
January 24, 2015 - Birthday Party (River Bend Golf and Country Club): This wine disappointed initially. It improved with the decanting. I think I must decant for at least 12 hours next time. The wine appeared to be in a little bit of a dead zone. Maybe also leave it for a year.
Very light fruit and dry on the palate.
November 8, 2014 - -- decanted for approx. 30 min. before tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over approx. 1 hour --
Smelled awesome, tasted o.k.. Nose came across as half Bdx. half CA --- very ripe black cherry and blackberry aromas; pronounced pencil lead note, too. On the palate, this was annoyingly oaky, and softer than I would hope for at this age. Perhaps a touch riper than I'd prefer, but more than anything else it was the heavy oak that left me wanting here. Between the good balance and the killer Nose, I do think it's reasonable to hope for a brighter future for this wine. Hold.
slmshdyms Does not like this wine: (80 points)
October 31, 2014 - did not want to give a numerical score, but for some reason-i can't write a review without having to give a number, anyway-drank over a 36 hour window due to the off-putting nature of the wine vs its pedigree. VERY poor showing--literally almost drank like some fermented bloody mary--and obviously in a very bad way. The over-riding taste was similar to the greens of a tomato plant--extremely vegetal--essentially no fruit character at all. Tannins seemed resolved, but it was tough to tell given the "flavor profile" of the wine. This gave no indication that it was an "off" bottle or anything along those lines--and if it wasn't this "the Maiden"--i would consider this a poor representation of a low-end vintner from a very cold and underripe vintage. I have one more bottle, so I guess we'll see what happens, but honestly--I have very low expectations
Anonymous Likes this wine: (94 points)
October 11, 2014 - 10/14 Ruby medium bodied dark cherry fruit with still unrefined long lasting finish - good balance - extend drinking window . 94 pts
September 5, 2014 - Can't really give this a rating as I'm not sure if this bottle was flawed or not. I let it breathe for about three hours, and the barnyard funk/vinegar scent dissipated somewhat, gave way to some licorice and light oak aromas. Silky palate. However, not overly complex and I was disappointed with this wine given it's coming from Harlan Estate. Unless this bottle was truly flawed, I would not buy again, too many other good Cabs at better price points.
Pro Reviews 1
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2007, Issue #132 (link)
(Harlan Estate The Maiden Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
- Vintage 2004
- 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
- Pending Delivery 18 (1%)
- In Cellars 1666 (75%)
- Consumed 538 (24%)