2005 Harlan Estate, The Maiden, Napa Valley, Case of 3 Btls

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Rating:RP94 i Wine Critics: RP = Robert Parker
AG = Antonio Galloni
BH = BurgHound
JD = Jeb Dunnuck
LP = Lisa Perrotti-Brown
VM = Vinous Media
WS = Wine Spectator
JS = James Suckling
DR = Decanter
NYR = Not Yet Rated

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RP94 "Bill Harlan’s fabled hillside vineyard has become, since 1991, one of the greatest names in the wine world. The first vintages were 1990 and 1991. The Maiden is their selection of lots and barrels that are deemed slightly less complex and impressive. That sounds critical, but this is a beautiful wine. Always more evolved, precocious and very sexy, the 2005 The Maiden is superb. Dense ruby/purple, with notes of underbrush, graphite, earth, loamy soil and oodles of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, it offers supple tannins, beautifully integrated acidity and wood. This is a beauty that can be drunk now or held for cellaring another 10-15 years." RP Jun 2015

"So what’s new? Harlan Estate continues to produce only a meager 1,500 or so cases from over 40 acres of beautifully manicured hillside vineyards overlooking the Oakville corridor (to be precise, the western slopes looking down on Martha’s Vineyard and parts of the To-Kalon Vineyard). Proprietor Bill Harlan and his winemaking team of Bob Levy and global oenologist Michel Rolland push the envelope in all ways, but the results continue to be magnificent as well as increasingly expensive and rare. The second wine, which is usually around 1,000+ cases, is The Maiden, which is also a super wine in its own right." RP Dec 2007

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