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History

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 sixty 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.

Early in our winemaking partnership, before the advent of Harlan Estate, we worked with over sixty top growers and vineyards throughout the Napa Valley.

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. 

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Vineyards

These small, hillside Cabernet vineyards, ranging in size from 7 to 11 acres became the basis for the wines of BOND. MELBURY originates from a spectacular property on the slopes north of Lake Hennessey, in the hills east of Rutherford. The name Melbury is in homage to an historic area in London, where the estate owners reside much of the year. Since its debut with the 1999 vintage, the consistent hallmarks of Melbury have been plush red fruits (currants, bing cherries), redolent with spice and the scent of violets. Elegance and a supple texture define the structure of this wine. The particular exposition of this rocky 7-acre hillside vineyard is southerly overlooking Lake Hennessey, allowing the vines to capture the morning sun yet moderating afternoon temperatures. SOIL: Ancient sedimentary soil with compressed clay. Eastern and Southeastern Exposure.

QUELLA is the name for the wine from a 9-acre site located in the eastern hills overlooking the heart of the Napa Valley. Making its debut with the 2006 vintage, the name is derived from the German word for a pristine source or an artesian aquifer. This property is steeply sloped facing southwest. The site is an ancient riverbed composed of cobble and rocks interwoven with pockets of tufa (volcanic ash) that were uplifted during the last volcanic activity in the area. Quella displays an almost ethereal quality of blue fruits, graphite, and a vibrant, subtle finish. SOIL: Ancient uplifted riverbed covered with Tufa (volcanic ash). Southwest Exposure.

 

ST. EDEN is based upon an 11-acre rocky knoll that is part of a beautiful estate located just north of the Oakville Crossroad. Eden is an historical reference to this region's designation on nineteenth century maps. 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. SOIL: Iron Rich fractured volcanic rock from a landslide. Northern Exposure.

 

VECINA is coined from the Spanish word for neighbor. This is our endeavor with the property situated directly southeast of the BOND winery. The beautifully terraced volcanic soil slopes of this property reside in Oakville's western foothills. The 11-acre site faces due east and is the recipient of cool morning sun. Vecina, which appeared with the 1999 vintage in the inaugural BOND release, is always powerful, intense and savory. Vecina's other hallmarks are blackberry fruit, with wild forest floor and mineral associated overtones. SOIL: Bedrock overlain with fine grained alluvial wash. Eastern Exposure.

 

PLURIBUS expresses the character of an estate located at an elevation over 1,100 feet on the dramatic slopes of Spring Mountain. The name refers to the Latin word for many, and was chosen to signify the various facets involved in creating a fine wine: from the sun, soil, and climate of a vineyard, to the team of people who guide a wine through its evolution. A breathtaking mountainous 7-acre site with steep exposures to the north, east and southeast, the soil is comprised of volcanic bedrock. Pluribus, which debuted in the 2003 vintage, is defined as a bold, rich and concentrated wine; elements of dark plum, roasted coffee, and scents of cedar are inherent throughout the vintages. SOIL: Decomposed volcanic material. Surrounded by a conifer forest. North and East Exposure.

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Inside information

Rigorous selection is employed at every stage of the wine's development. Many components, though singularly attractive and possessing lavish attributes, are not utilized in the final blends for BOND. This provides us the opportunity to create a second wine. This blend, offered under the MATRIARCH label, will always be evocative of its pedigree and distinct in its hillside character.

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  tasted  4 wines  from  Bond Estate . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Ornellaia 2016 / 95 points / Ornellaia red is distinctly Tuscan, with a slightly bigger body than Bordeaux and firmer, chewier tannins. The texture is more opulent and the fruit is ripe and sweet; in vintages like 2007 and 2010, these wines gather you in their warm embrace and seduce you with their charm and depth. Recent twin great vintages, 2015 and 2016, have the potential to become another 2007 and are wines to lay down in your cellar for decades.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bond Estate . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Yesterday a fine tasting with friends including wines from 1908-2019. Best ones were Harlan 2011, Cristal 1962, Cheval Blanc 1947, Monfortino 2009 etc.

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 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bond Estate . In a tasting of  51 wines 

1998 Château Cheval Blanc; Ruby, pink rim, floral, violets, mint, layered, again impossible to describe fully. Close to perfect balance, playfull and stil relaxed acidity. tannins soft, stunning texture, mouthwatering, just ads and ads with air, incredible length, never ending, I keep raising the score on this as it keeps unlocking more and more secrets. I wish I had cases of this one. 98


Served blind, I was sure it was Petrus, as was most of the table. Wine of the evening!

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 Zhao Dao Lee / Wine Importer, Wine Importer (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bond Estate . In a tasting of  8 wines 

Lafon Montrachet 2007 / Interesting nose of citrus, slight lees and butter. Much grander taste than the nose —lemon, tart apples and buttered popcorn. Very concentrated palate with lots of fruit and acidity, but then followed by a long velvety finish. Overall, a still bit tight and not completely harmonious, but very promising. Should be very good with aging and integration—probably needs still 3-5 years.

7m 18d ago

 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bond Estate . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Opus One 2018 / This is a barrel sample of the final blend, made up of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 1% Malbec. It will be bottled in 2020. Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes prancing out of the glass with energetic notes of freshly crushed black cherries, boysenberries, raspberries and crushed black currants with nuances of star anise, yeast extract, lilacs and cardamom with a waft of dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with intense black fruits, even more intensified by fantastic freshness and super fine-grained tannins, with great length and depth. (95 - 98)+

9m 28d ago

 Antonio Galloni, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bond Estate . In a tasting of  26 wines 

Screaming Eagle 2007 / "As impossible as it might seem, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon takes things to another level. An exquisite, celestial bouquet melds into endless layers of fruit as this rich, voluptuous wine blossoms on the palate. Full-bodied and seductive, the 2007 conquers all of the senses with its head spinning, beautiful personality. As always, Screaming Eagle is a bit more restrained next to Napa Valley's other heavy hitters, yet the pedigree of this opulent vintage comes through in spades. A kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors flows through to the creamy, textured finish. I have tasted the 2007 several times recently and it has always been magnificent. The 2007 appears to be shutting down just a touch, but that is probably a good thing for the future. 

11m 12d ago

 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  5 wines  from  Bond Estate . In a tasting of  14 wines 

The 2016 Screaming Eagle is, as usual, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with bright, exuberant blackberries, kirsch and warm blackcurrants scents plus touches of lavender, roses, tilled black loam, wild sage and dark chocolate with wafts of yeast extract, underbrush and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, firm and fine grained, with amazing freshness, it is layered with crunchy black and red fruits, sparked by floral and mineral notions and finishing with epic length and depth.

1y 20d ago

 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bond Estate . In a tasting of  43 wines 

Château Mouton-Rothschild 2014 / Intense Mouton with velvety tannins, dark cassis notes and savory herbs. This is a restrained Mouton that has power and good density. The long hang time and growing period in this vintage means everything was concentrated - tannins, flavor and acidity. The alcohol is just over 13%. This is a wine to lay down

1y 3m ago

 Donald Gibson, Wine Importer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bond Estate . In a tasting of  8 wines 

Bond Vecina 2006 / 97 points /Beautifully crafted red. Gorgeous plum, berry and smoky oak character. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, long, ripe fruit finish. A real happiness to taste.

1y 10m ago

 Antonio Galloni, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bond Estate . In a tasting of  9 wines 

The 2008 Dom Pérignon / 98+ points / is fabulous, but quite remarkably, it was even more open when I tasted it a year ago. Bright, focused and crystalline in its precision, the 2008 is going to need a number of years before it is at its best. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper give the 2008 its chiseled, bright profile. Several recent bottles have all been magnificent. What I admire most about the 2008 is the way it shows all the focus, translucence and energy that is such a signature of the year, and yet it is also remarkably deep and vertical. In other words, the 2008 is a Champagne that plays in three dimensions. 

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