2005 Harlan "The Maiden" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Massive, decadent. Opens with extraordinary aromas of cedar, black currants, cherries, chocolate, sage, pepper and anise, with hints of roasted game. Feels very round, smooth but powerful. Almost sweet in red and black currants and chocolate. So refined, absolutely delicious. Beautiful, lush, complex, soft.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Harlan's second wine, The Maiden, is marvelous in 2005. Ripe, opulent fruit and notes of unsmoked high class cigar tobacco intermixed with creme de cassis, coffee, and asphalt are present in this round, superbly textured, rich, full-bodied, silky, beautifully wrought wine. It will drink well for 15+ years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full medium ruby. Sappy aromas of dark fruits, spicy oak and minerals. Wonderfully juicy and lively on the palate, with floral and mineral elements serving to frame and lift the dark fruit flavors. Very firmly built wine with terrific vinosity and balance. Almost too good for a second wine.
A complex mix of herb, tar, currant and black cherry fruit is supple and balanced, ending with a touch of charry oak, but also a tasty core of dark fruit flavors. Best from 2010 through 2016. 1,588 cases made.