Bond, St. Eden, Napa Valley, California, 2001 through Merchant of Wine.

Bond, St. Eden, Napa Valley, California, 2001

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Overview of the Wine
The enduring vision at Bond is to create a portfolio of wines that are diverse in their geographic representation and "grand cru" in quality, all under the umbrella of one philosophy, one facility and one mark. Sourced from select hillside estates, the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines of Bond vividly demonstrate the range of Napa Valley's finest terroirs.

Sourced from select hillside estates, the Cabernet Sauvignon wines of BOND vividly demonstrate the range of Napa Valley's finest terroirs. From the more than eighty vineyards we have worked with over the past quarter century, we have slowly and vigilantly selected five sites.

BOND became our covenant and shared commitment to produce only the best expression of the land. By way of this valuable experience, we had the opportunity to identify select properties that we felt had the potential to define the ‘Grand Crus’ of Napa Valley. These small hillside Cabernet vineyards, ranging in size from 7 to 11 acres, became the basis for the wines of BOND.

Grape / Blend
Bordeaux Red Blend

Oakville, Napa Valley, California

Winemaker Tasting Notes
The red rocky soil of this northfacing site originates from high in the Vaca Mountains. St. Eden, which appeared first in the 2001 vintage, reliably shows great focus, an opulent "sweet" center and notes of crème de cassis, dark chocolate, and roasted herbs. Mineral-tinged and broad on the palate, the wine consistently displays fine-grained tannins and a lush concentration.

100 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Utterly perfect, another wine that seems to have taken on a first-growth Pauillac-like character (think Mouton-Rothschild) is the 2001 St. Eden. With a remarkably perfumed nose of crushed rocks, subtle barbecue smoke, and again, cedar wood intermixed with creme de cassis and blackberry, this wine displays a phenomenally concentrated mouthfeel, full-bodied opulence, voluptuous texture, and of this trio, is certainly the closest to its apogee of full maturity. Nevertheless, it will still benefit from another 5-10 years of cellaring and keep for an additional 25-30.

96 Points - Vinous
Once again, the riveting allure of the 2001 vintage comes through in Bond’s St. Eden. A vertical sense of structure and layers of dark fruit infuse this virile, brooding Cabernet Sauvignon.

96 Points - Wine Spectator
Shares the weight, density and concentration (along with the tannin mass) of the other Bond Cabs, yet delivers a wider range of flavor and a touch more finesse, unfolding to reveal a core of dark berry, pencil lead, graphite, mocha and touches of loamy earth and mineral. Great structure; great future.

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
From Oakville, a wine quite different from Bond’s Melbury. Not as immediately lush and flamboyant, it’s a trace more reserved. Darker, too, more tannic and closed. Starts with an earthiness. Airing brings out cherries and cassis. There is great balance and integrity here, even though it is in desperate need of cellaring.

Product size: 750ml
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