Harlan Estate

The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend

9.348 ratings
9.310 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Rob Brobst III

Get as much as you can as soon as you can. Sell your kids if needed.

Get as much as you can as soon as you can. Sell your kids if needed.

May 24th, 2020
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.

5 people found it helpfulMay 13th, 2015
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.

1 person found it helpfulMay 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.

1 person found it helpfulDec 10th, 2018
Boxer Briefs

2nd of the 3 pack. First bottle was opened in 2012, which was dark, and spice driven. Not today, opened with pure, extremely concentrated fruit and little spice. 15 minutes later the wine went "quiet"...and that's being nice. Don't get it, almost like it ate a Valium. Plan to open the 3rd in 2022.

2nd of the 3 pack. First bottle was opened in 2012, which was dark, and spice driven. Not today, opened with pure, extremely concentrated fruit and little spice. 15 minutes later the wine went "quiet"...and that's being nice. Don't get it, almost like it ate a Valium. Plan to open the 3rd in 2022.

1 person found it helpfulOct 5th, 2016
Courtney Quinn

At Women's Wine Alliance meeting

At Women's Wine Alliance meeting

Feb 3rd, 2013
Martin G Rivard

I love hanging out with friends that put my cellar to shame!!!! @Kirk Alexander The result is aged phenomenal wines that get uncorked!!
Thank you Kirk! This beast is so good that I'll let Kirk have the honors of reviewing👏👏👏

I love hanging out with friends that put my cellar to shame!!!! @Kirk Alexander The result is aged phenomenal wines that get uncorked!!
Thank you Kirk! This beast is so good that I'll let Kirk have the honors of reviewing👏👏👏

Mar 23rd, 2017
Jim McCusker

I haven’t been this disappointed with a wine in a long time. Tastes totally stewed. Not undrinkable, but nowhere close to the enjoyment this wine should have given us tonight as a pairing with the Snake River Farms American Waygu filet mignon I prepared for us for dinner. I bought this as a member of the Harlan Estate mailing list upon release and it has been in my cellar at 56 F upon receipt. We had another bottle of this several years ago and my notes were very positive, so I doubt this got cooked in transit becase I would assume all of the bottles would have suffered the same fate. Just incredibly disappointing.

I haven’t been this disappointed with a wine in a long time. Tastes totally stewed. Not undrinkable, but nowhere close to the enjoyment this wine should have given us tonight as a pairing with the Snake River Farms American Waygu filet mignon I prepared for us for dinner. I bought this as a member of the Harlan Estate mailing list upon release and it has been in my cellar at 56 F upon receipt. We had another bottle of this several years ago and my notes were very positive, so I doubt this got cooked in transit becase I would assume all of the bottles would have suffered the same fate. Just incredibly disappointing.

Oct 18th, 2020
Scott Kahn

Leaves and soul on the nose with a hint of violets to complete the bouquet. Fully integrated tannins with vanilla oak, charcoal and tar on the palette. The Cabernet Franc is a pleasant component of this vintage. The wine is still in its prime and it will be for years to come IMO.

Leaves and soul on the nose with a hint of violets to complete the bouquet. Fully integrated tannins with vanilla oak, charcoal and tar on the palette. The Cabernet Franc is a pleasant component of this vintage. The wine is still in its prime and it will be for years to come IMO.

Aug 21st, 2020
Jim McCusker

Terrific. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Terrific. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Dec 25th, 2017