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1999 Harlan Estate The Maiden
Red Bordeaux Blend
- Napa Valley
Community Tasting Notes 40
Quiet Lion Likes this wine: (97 points)
November 11, 2016 - Decanted two hours, returned to bottle and drank over another two hours. Restrained but beautiful nose. Elegant, integrated palate with delicious fruit, somewhat restrained but the concentration amplified over the course of two hours. I would say this is drinking perfectly right now. Much more elegant than the 2000 I had a few months ago. Thoroughly enjoyable birthday wine.
Marc wrote: (89 points)
May 14, 2016 - Dinner at S and A's house (Freeman Bay, Auckland, New Zealand): Intense, and hyper-ripe cabernet, but still very much recognisable as a Napa wine, albeit in a cult style. Volatile, in the Harlan manner, and possessing thick tannins. The wine skirts with being ungainly but is enlivened by the lifted nature of the nose and robust proportion. Exquisite cassis notes are a special feature of the nose, while the mocha flavours are quite delicious. This particular bottle showed a bit of oxidation on the finish, suggesting it would have been better 5 years ago, but it is certainly a nice example of the Harlan style in a less-intense and age-worthy package. I could see people calling this outstanding, but for me the slight feeling that this has just past its peak kept me away from scoring it in that way.
Bluefisher Likes this wine: (95 points)
April 16, 2016 - Firing on all cylinders. Big black fruit and cedar on the nose, more sweet black fruit on the palate, finishes with present but so soft and lovely tannin. Wish I had more.
September 17, 2015 - Yowza. Haven't had a California oozemonster in quite some time. This is of that ripe, very dark, very concentrated, liqueur-like California Cab style, but it's really not all that bad because it does have a sense of proportion and restraint, perhaps from years in the cellar. Perhaps that cellaring has also tamed whatever oak this wine may have seen, because it does not come across as oaky. Not my style of wine at all, and yet it could have been far worse. Fairway with the guys.1 person found this helpful Comment
Fusions33 Likes this wine: (95 points)
June 8, 2015 - Impressive wine. The fruit was spectacular. The tannins were so soft, silky and integrated. Lush, delicious and chewy are some of the words that come to mind.
Pro Reviews 3
By John Kapon
Dom Perignon, 12 Angry Men, Auction Lunch and a Holiday Party, 12/13/2004
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- Vintage 1999
- 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 1 (0%)
- In Cellars 698 (65%)
- Consumed 369 (35%)
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