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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar, 92 Wine Spectator
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 119592
The Maiden represents the second selection from the estate. It is a highly detailed and sumptuous wine, remarkably faithful to the vineyard's pedigree. Accordingly, the resemblance to her "big sister" is unmistakable.
Sweet, deep black currant fruit, espresso, licorice, graphite, and earth aromas emerge from the dense, ruby/purple-colored 2002 The Maiden, which cascades over the palate without a hard edge. Like its bigger sibling, it's impossible to resist at present, but promises to age well for 15 years.
Good full ruby-red. Superripe aromas of sweet, sappy berries; not roasted. Lush, sweet and sappy, with compelling freshness and depth of sappy fruit. This has terrific early appeal as well as a firm structure to support further development in bottle. Finishes with big, chewy, tongue-dusting tannins and superb lingering sweetness of dark berry fruit. The best Maiden vintage yet.
Very rich and concentrated, racy at points, with dried currant, loamy earth and savory dried herb notes. Drying on the finish, yet the flavors run deep and persistent.