Harlan Estate

The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend

9.3610 ratings
9.2121 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Bill Bender

Second time in a row the ‘07 Maiden has just gone nowhere for me. No punch or lift at all, muddled fruit and lots of heavy tannin.

Second time in a row the ‘07 Maiden has just gone nowhere for me. No punch or lift at all, muddled fruit and lots of heavy tannin.

May 4th, 2019
Bill Bender

This was solid but didn’t really go anywhere great and I wanted it to so bad. Cherry tobacco, blackberry and cedar. This bottle and the 3 others I brought to Wisconsin from Chicago all endured a ride in a wine suitcase in the back of a truck in the 15 degree Midwest winter. 3 of the bottles—Voerzio, Beringer and Harlan Maiden—all performed below expectations. The PM Les Pavots, however, was excellent. While I’ve never opened a Voerzio that young I’ve had consistently better experiences with the same vintages of the Beringer reserve and Maiden. I’m wondering if you cold weather dwellers think the cold transport played some role in what happened here.

This was solid but didn’t really go anywhere great and I wanted it to so bad. Cherry tobacco, blackberry and cedar. This bottle and the 3 others I brought to Wisconsin from Chicago all endured a ride in a wine suitcase in the back of a truck in the 15 degree Midwest winter. 3 of the bottles—Voerzio, Beringer and Harlan Maiden—all performed below expectations. The PM Les Pavots, however, was excellent. While I’ve never opened a Voerzio that young I’ve had consistently better experiences with the same vintages of the Beringer reserve and Maiden. I’m wondering if you cold weather dwellers think the cold transport played some role in what happened here.

Dec 10th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

While this producer has nice fruit, a refined craft, they have an issue with alcohol burn in this bottling. While it’s 14.5% ABV, it’s showing hotter. You get an alcohol burn across your palate and in the back of the throat. They don’t mask or process their alcohol as well as a number of other even less revered producers. For the trained palate, alcohol burn will always be a critical flaw in wine.

It’s also still just approaching teenage years, even after roughly 13 years in bottle.

The nose reveals, alcohol vapors, ripe; dark currants, blackberries, baked black plum, dark cherries, black raspberries & boysenberries. Dark chocolate, loads of big baking spices; vanilla, clove, nutmeg. Anise, some dry herbaceous, saline, dry crushed rocks, underbrush, plenty of new oak, black tea, hints of black olive, band aid with old lavender and dark withering flowers.

The body is full with big, round, tarry, sticky tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance are still developing but, good. This wine still needs another 6-8 years and perhaps plus in bottle. Ripe; dark currants, blackberries, baked black plum, dark cherries, black raspberries, boysenberries & creamy raspberries. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, mocha powder, loads of big baking spices; vanilla, clove, nutmeg. Anise, dark medium spice, malt, some dry herbaceous, saline, dry crushed rocks, underbrush, plenty of new oak, leathery, underbrush, black tea, hints of black olive, band aid (brett) with old lavender and dark withering flowers. The acidity is ok but certainly needed to be better. Part of the reason the alcohol shows as hot as it does. The finish is still big, rich, a touch astringent, powdery/dusty, balanced and last minutes. However, leaves my palate feeling incomplete.

Time will improve this wine but, believe the alcohol burn remains. I’ve had many less revered producers, for less money that delivered more pleasure.

Photos of, hilltop view of their vineyards, cellar with wood & stainless vats, dining/tasting room and the winery building.

While this producer has nice fruit, a refined craft, they have an issue with alcohol burn in this bottling. While it’s 14.5% ABV, it’s showing hotter. You get an alcohol burn across your palate and in the back of the throat. They don’t mask or process their alcohol as well as a number of other even less revered producers. For the trained palate, alcohol burn will always be a critical flaw in wine.

It’s also still just approaching teenage years, even after roughly 13 years in bottle.

The nose reveals, alcohol vapors, ripe; dark currants, blackberries, baked black plum, dark cherries, black raspberries & boysenberries. Dark chocolate, loads of big baking spices; vanilla, clove, nutmeg. Anise, some dry herbaceous, saline, dry crushed rocks, underbrush, plenty of new oak, black tea, hints of black olive, band aid with old lavender and dark withering flowers.

The body is full with big, round, tarry, sticky tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance are still developing but, good. This wine still needs another 6-8 years and perhaps plus in bottle. Ripe; dark currants, blackberries, baked black plum, dark cherries, black raspberries, boysenberries & creamy raspberries. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, mocha powder, loads of big baking spices; vanilla, clove, nutmeg. Anise, dark medium spice, malt, some dry herbaceous, saline, dry crushed rocks, underbrush, plenty of new oak, leathery, underbrush, black tea, hints of black olive, band aid (brett) with old lavender and dark withering flowers. The acidity is ok but certainly needed to be better. Part of the reason the alcohol shows as hot as it does. The finish is still big, rich, a touch astringent, powdery/dusty, balanced and last minutes. However, leaves my palate feeling incomplete.

Time will improve this wine but, believe the alcohol burn remains. I’ve had many less revered producers, for less money that delivered more pleasure.

Photos of, hilltop view of their vineyards, cellar with wood & stainless vats, dining/tasting room and the winery building.

Nov 11th, 2018
Stephen Mathews

Bottle variation

Bottle variation

Oct 24th, 2018
David Kline

Heavenly blackberry and rich plum conjure up raspberry reductions that smoke a little but stay focused. A stony and crisp, almost granite texture followed by a baked currant and toffee, aromatically. American coffee, sweet licorice and oaky cedar bordering on pine, with cherry spiraling to a bitter, dark, baker’s chocolate that expands endlessly. Dense, rich and layered endlessly. #themaiden #harlanestate #harlan #billharlan #napawine #napa #napavalley2005 #napavalleyforever

Heavenly blackberry and rich plum conjure up raspberry reductions that smoke a little but stay focused. A stony and crisp, almost granite texture followed by a baked currant and toffee, aromatically. American coffee, sweet licorice and oaky cedar bordering on pine, with cherry spiraling to a bitter, dark, baker’s chocolate that expands endlessly. Dense, rich and layered endlessly. #themaiden #harlanestate #harlan #billharlan #napawine #napa #napavalley2005 #napavalleyforever

Jun 29th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Deep garnet red. Layered and dark nose with dark spices, cinnamon, spices berries, and black plums. Medium tannins (6/10) and full bodied. Lovely and rich on the palate with coconut, cinnamon, dark berries and light aged characteristics coming through. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2022.

Deep garnet red. Layered and dark nose with dark spices, cinnamon, spices berries, and black plums. Medium tannins (6/10) and full bodied. Lovely and rich on the palate with coconut, cinnamon, dark berries and light aged characteristics coming through. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2022.

Feb 6th, 2018
Kurt-Inge Eklund

Magnum

Magnum

Jan 5th, 2018
Greg Koslosky

Good not memorable!

Good not memorable!

Dec 20th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.4

One of the four celebratory wines this weekend for my recent promotion.

Dark garnet red. Tons of cedar on the nose, dark spices, a touch herbal and some blackberries. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Nice restrained dark berries on the palate with some anise, and dark cocoa. Dark crushed gravel near the finish. Drink till 2025.

One of the four celebratory wines this weekend for my recent promotion.

Dark garnet red. Tons of cedar on the nose, dark spices, a touch herbal and some blackberries. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Nice restrained dark berries on the palate with some anise, and dark cocoa. Dark crushed gravel near the finish. Drink till 2025.

Nov 19th, 2017
Colin jones

Casis, dark berry fruit, tobacco, prevalent lasting but round tannin. Stellar year, stellar producer, stellar wine.

Casis, dark berry fruit, tobacco, prevalent lasting but round tannin. Stellar year, stellar producer, stellar wine.

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