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1998 Harlan Estate, The Maiden Napa Valley Proprietary Red

Proprietary Red

750 ml

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The 1998 Harlan Estate, The Maiden Napa Valley Proprietary Red 750 ml is from the Napa Valley region of California. Almost as good, but a fraction of the price of its "big sister," Harlan Estate's The Maiden represents the second selection. Since its first commercial release of the 1995 vintage, Harlan's The Maiden has been producing top notch wines that impress critics and are coveted by enthusiasts. Wine Advocate, for example, consistently scores The Maiden 91-94 points. Market demand for The Maiden wines has pushed aftermarket pricing into the $300+ range, which should give you an idea of its quality and value. Production is from the Harlan Estate vineyards in the western hillsides of Oakville, planted to 70% cabernet, 20% merlot, 8% cab franc and 2% petit verdot. From the Harlan website: "[The Maiden] is a highly detailed and sumptuous wine, remarkably faithful to the vineyard's pedigree. Accordingly, the resemblance to her "big sister" is unmistakable." In addition to the critic tasting notes below, read more about Harlan Estate and the interesting history of Bill Harlan at https://aabalat.com/wine-insights/wineries/harlan.

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Wine Advocate 91 points

The 1998 Maiden is prodigious. I know it is tempting to pooh-pooh second wines, but this is no afterthought from owner Bill Harlan and the winemaking team of American Bob Levy and Frenchman Michel Rolland. The 1998 Maiden (770 cases) possesses a dense purple color and a knockout nose of cocoa, prunes, blackberries, plums, and cassis. Spicy, with moderate tannin, and a viscosity and richness akin to beef blood, it is a gorgeous, concentrated, thick effort. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2018. - RP

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Vinous 90 points

Good bright ruby. Aromatic nose of black cherry and licorice. Supple and pliant for the vintage, with slightly medicinal black cherry and black pepper flavors; shows very good but not outstanding depth. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins and very good length.- Stephen Tanzer (5/21)