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    from 2018
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    Roasted Lamb

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99 points James Suckling

*#18 in the Top 100 Reds of Napa Valley 2016* Extravagant aromas of crushed raspberries and boysenberries follow through to a full body with fabulous velvety tannins and a superb finish of exotic fruit and lusciousness. Mesmerizing now but better in 2019.  (1/2016) 

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 St. Eden is absolutely mind-blowing, with notes of blackcurrant liqueur and licorice as well as hints of Asian soy and lead pencil. Wonderful fruit that hits the palate with a cascade of glycerin, silky but noticeable tannins, and a big, earthy, rich, full-throttle, majestic finish of close to a minute add to this wine’s compelling personality. It should drink well for at least 30-40 years. The five separate single vineyards that Bill Harlan has under long-term contract continue to perform at first growth quality levels. They generate between 500 and 600 cases of these single-vineyard wines that all represent distinctive and separate micro-climates of Napa Valley. The culled out barrels that don’t make the cut are blended together for a wine called Matriarch, which in itself is a terrific offering. Last year I touted the brilliance and drama of the 2012s, which are strikingly beautiful, and the otherworldly 2013s, but now we have the fruit-forward and luscious 2014s, and although I didn’t taste them, I suspect the 2015s will reach a new qualitative pinnacle for this extraordinary visionary project of Bill Harlan and his winemaking team, led by Bob Levy. (RP)  (10/2016) 

97 points Vinous

 The 2013 St. Eden is absolutely stunning. Even better from bottle than it was from barrel, the 2013 exudes class. Creamy, layered and silky on the palate, the 2013 possesses magnificent depth and intensity to the point the tannins are nearly buried. Dark stone fruit, licorice, spice and menthol are some of the many notes that build into the sensual finish. This is a tremendous showing. This is a dazzling set of wines from BOND and the team headed by Cory Empting. The 2014s continue to develop positively. I remember tasting those wines from barrel, before they were racked and being impressed by the energy of the wines. Today, the 2014s have all of that energy, plus striking finesse. The malos were quite long in 2014, but today, the wines are very complete. The 2013s are just as impressive, or more, than they were from barrel. Readers will find plenty of vintage 2013 magic in these exceptionally beautiful, vivid Napa Valley Cabernets. 97+ Points (AG)  (12/2016)

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The Story

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.

 

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.

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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 creme 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.

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The season began in early April, but the vineyard seemed intent on commencing harvest before September. Luckily, without too many instances of excessive heat during the summer months, the fruit began to stretch its legs as ripening slowed. Harvest began without incident, and from the beginning the fruit seemed to have an extra layer of vibrancy, density, and plushness.

Black cherries, sage, rosemary, and a touch of black truffle make for an elusive and complex nose. Extremely rich and borderline hedonic upon entry. The wine has layers of flesh and baby fat, which are swiftly counter-balanced by a cooling of the palate caused by a tremendous degree of natural acidity. These opposing forces synergistically combine to form the hallmark silkiness of St. Eden.

Spicy and rich, with a tobacco and berry character on the nose and palate I love the nose. Full bodied, with soft velvety tannins that give you so much. This goes on and on.

  • 97p

Very fine, this unbeliavable generous but never over-the-top bottling is a triumph in 2013.  It’ll be a great one to follow over the next 10 to 20 years.

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Oakville, Napa Valley

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