2001 Harlan Estate The Maiden

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 49

  • EFeldhake Likes this wine: (92 points)

    September 20, 2014 - 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.

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  • dcwino wrote: (92 points)

    May 17, 2014 - 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.

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  • patwjr Likes this wine: (93 points)

    April 15, 2014 - 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.

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  • joshabramson Likes this wine: (95 points)

    March 15, 2014 - 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.

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  • davek Does not like this wine: (79 points)

    January 17, 2013 - 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.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, Issue #114 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • 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 24 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1103 (69%)
  • Consumed 465 (29%)

Food Pairing

NY strip steak

Who Likes This Wine

83% Like It  6 votes