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Bond

Bond Wines

Bond Winery, owned by the same person, made in the same winery and managed by the same winemaking team as Harlan Estate, is Bill Harlan's expression of Grand Cru quality from terroirs outside of his Estate vineyard in Oakville. Currently, there are five different vineyards/terroirs that are under the Bond umbrella:

PLURIBUS, located northeast of St. Helena on the dramatic slopes of Spring Mountain at an elevation of 1,100-feet, launched with the 2003 vintage and is defined as a bold, rich and concentrated wine; elements of dark plum, roasted coffee, and scents of cedar are inherent throughout the vintages. 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. The north and east sun exposure and the soil that is comprised of volcanic bedrock, add to the uniqueness of this amazing terroir.

QUELLA is 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, at an elevation of 433-595  feet, 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.

MELBURY comes 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. Ancient sedimentary soil with compressed clay is the main component at this elevation of 350-feet.

ST. EDEN is from 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 was commercially released with 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, thanks to the iron rich fractured volcantic rocky soil, the wine consistently displays fine-grained tannins and a lush concentration. It is also the lowest elevation of the Harlan portfolio at 145-188 feet.

VECINA is located just down the street from the Harlan Estate (which is also the location of the Bond Winery) in western Oakville. Coined from the Spanish word for neighbor, this 11-acre site has beautifully terraced volcanic soil slopes, at 221-feet in elevation, that face 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.

There are many accolades bestowed upon the BOND wines. Clearly, Bill Harlan is out to make only the very best...and both critics and wine enthusiasts agree. Robert Parker, in an October 2015 issue of Wine Advocate scored the BOND wines with 93-100 points, depending on the vintage (either 2012 or 2013) and the terroir, and had the following to say: "These exceptionally impressive wines from Bill Harlan are all majestic in 2012… All of them have great singularity and are made with absolutely no compromises. In the great vintages, such as 2012 and no doubt 2013, these wines clearly have 25-35+ years of aging potential."

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2002 Bond - Melbury <span>(750ml)</span>
2002 Bond - Melbury (750ml)
Red Wine 
WS
94
WA
100
V
94

A stellar wine, the 22 Melbury is super-expressive today. Rich, ample and inviting, the 22 is endowed with soft contours, radiant, rich fruit and fabulous balance. Mocha, smoke, leather, red stone fruit and sweet spices build... Read More

Current price:  $1,008.55
2004 Bond - Melbury <span>(750ml)</span>
2004 Bond - Melbury (750ml)
Red Wine 
WA
96

(no tasting note available)

Current price:  $656.55
2013 Bond - Melbury <span>(750ml)</span>
2013 Bond - Melbury (750ml)
Red Wine 
WA
97
V
97

Power, depth and tannic clout - all signatures of this great Napa Valley vintage - come through in the 2013 Melbury. Bright acids and beams of tannin give the flavors striking vibrancy. Black cherry, plum, mocha, pine, sage and... Read More

Current price:  $669.55
2002 Bond - Napa Valley St. Eden <span>(750ml)</span>
2002 Bond - Napa Valley St. Eden (750ml)
Red Wine 
WA
100

(no tasting note available)

Current price:  $1,008.55
2005 Bond - Napa Valley St. Eden <span>(1.5L)</span>
2005 Bond - Napa Valley St. Eden (1.5L)
Red Wine 
WA
97
V
95

Good full ruby. Currant, tobacco, cedar, mocha and sweet oak on the nose, with a suggestion of singed fruit. Rich, creamy and broad; this is almost too big for the mouth. The sweetness of fruit and minerality here are utterly... Read More

Current price:  $1,196.55
2004 Bond - Pluribus <span>(750ml)</span>
2004 Bond - Pluribus (750ml)
Red Wine 
WA
98
V
95

(no tasting note available)

Current price:  $568.55
2008 Bond - Pluribus <span>(750ml)</span>
2008 Bond - Pluribus (750ml)
Red Wine 
WS
93
WA
95
V
95

The 2008 Pluribus is the most delicate of the Bond 2008s. Hints of pine, scorched earth, toast and licorice give the wine many of its aromatic signatures. Today, the 2008 is deceptively understated. My impression is that the best... Read More

Current price:  $757.55
2008 Bond - Pluribus <span>(1.5L)</span>
2008 Bond - Pluribus (1.5L)
Red Wine 

The 2008 Pluribus is a gorgeous wine laced with black fruit, menthol, minerals, spices and licorice. It shows fabulous density and richness through to the finish. This is a very typical Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated... Read More

Current price:  $1,008.55
2015 Bond - Quella <span>(750ml)</span>
2015 Bond - Quella (750ml)
Red Wine 
Country: USA
Region: CA - North Coast (Napa,Sonoma)
Subregion: Napa Valley
Varietal: Proprietary Red
Current price:  $700.55
2015 Bond - Vecina <span>(750ml)</span>
2015 Bond - Vecina (750ml)
Red Wine 
Country: USA
Region: CA - North Coast (Napa,Sonoma)
Subregion: Napa Valley
Varietal: Proprietary Red
Current price:  $732.55
2007 Harlan Estate - Napa Valley Proprietary Red (750)
2007 Harlan Estate - Napa Valley Proprietary Red (750ml)
Red Wine 
WS
96
WA
100
V
97

Good deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines dark berries, graphite, cedar and flowers. The palate offers uncanny clarity and depth of flavor, combining elegance and density in the way of a great grand cru site. Wonderful energy... Read More

Current price:  $2,017.50
2012 Harlan Estate - Napa Valley Proprietary Red <span>(750ml)</span>
2012 Harlan Estate - Napa Valley Proprietary Red (750ml)
Red Wine 
WA
99
V
97

Racy and inviting, the 2012 Harlan Estate is the perfect wine to get this vertical started. Silky tannins and plush, richly textured fruit give the 2012 much of its immediacy. Succulent red cherry, plum, mocha, spice, rose petal... Read More

Current price:  $2,017.50
2014 Harlan Estate - Napa Valley Proprietary Red (750)
2014 Harlan Estate - Napa Valley Proprietary Red (750ml)
Red Wine 
WA
98
V
98

A wine of restraint and sensuality, the 2014 Harlan Estate is wonderfully transparent in feel. Time in the glass brings out a compelling interplay of beautifully layered fruit and lifted aromatics. The 2014 is one of the most... Read More

Current price:  $1,328.55
1996 Harlan Estate - The Maiden Napa Valley Proprietary Red <span>(750ml)</span>
1996 Harlan Estate - The Maiden Napa Valley Proprietary Red (750ml)
Red Wine 
WS
97
WA
91
V
96

It is fascinating to taste the 1996 Harlan Estate after the 1999. Tightly wound and almost Old World in spirit, the 1996 is compelling from the first taste. Although the 1996 doesn't have the natural Napa Valley opulence that... Read More

Current price:  $430.55
2014 The Mascot - Cabernet Sauvignon (750)
2014 The Mascot - Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
Red Wine 
Country: USA
Region: CA - North Coast (Napa,Sonoma)
Subregion: Napa Valley
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Current price:  $260.55
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