Robert Parker 93P
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 The Matriarch Proprietary Red Blend reveals a core of crushed black currants and blackberries with lovely herb and floral nuances and an earthy/damp soil waft. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is well structured with grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, framing the vibrant black fruit and earth layers, finishing long.
The 2014 Matriarch is pliant and seductive, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, mocha and licorice all meld together in an open-knit, succulent Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects the mid-weight structure of the vintage. Stylistically, the Maiden is a bit more overt and succulent next to The Maiden, the second wine of Harlan Estate.