Harlan Estate 2019 "The Maiden", Napa Valley
The Maiden stands tall among the best. While remarkably faithful to the vineyard's pedigree and the underlying character of the Harlan Estate bottling, The Maiden still possesses merits all its own.
Impressively rich, yet fresh, The Maiden is detailed and classically proportioned , the wine manifests a minerality and signature forest floor elements. Add to that an especially fine, elegant texture, as well as a remarkably long finish, the the family resemblance (to Harlan Estate's $1,500 wine) is unmistakable.
The Maiden will provide drinking pleasure throughout its long life. Though up front in its youth, if you can keep the corks in for a dozen or more years, you will undoubtedly discover that the luscious fruit has given way to a graceful, more layered expression.