Beginning production in 1997, Harlan founded the Bond Estates, in collaboration with winemaker Robert Levy and vineyard manager Mary Maher, with the intent to identify and produce wine from "grand crus" of Napa Valley.
Harlan approached Bond with the same precision and intensity. Harlan had been based on the European chateau model, but Bill Harlan came to understand that Napa was really closer to Burgundy in terms of diversity of terroir. The genesis of the Bond idea was to apply the Burgundian principles of terroir to Napa Cabernet. Erroneously described as second wines of Harlan Estate, the Bond winery is located on the western hills of Oakville. There are five separate vineyard sites in the Bond portfolio.
Bond Pluribus Red Wine 2007
The 2007 Pluribus (the highest elevation vineyard of all these parcels) exhibits tell-tale Spring Mountain characteristics of acacia (or is it violets?) flowers interwoven with blueberry liqueur, black raspberries, cassis and crushed rocks. A wine of great intensity and full-bodied power yet with a freshness and delineation that are remarkable, this stunning wine should drink well for 25-30 years. Bond is the extraordinary project of Harlan Estate’s proprietor, Bill Harlan. In essence, what he does along with his winemaker, Bob Levy, and his team, is to identify outstanding vineyard sites in specific viticultural regions of Napa Valley, sign the owners to long-term (20 years) leases, and produce essentially 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines from these sites.
These offerings represent world-class Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa meant to
endure 30 or more years of cellaring should one have the patience to wait that
long. -Rated 98, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
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Bond Winery Quella 2008
Quella comes from a 10-acre vineyard in Spring Valley near Howell Mountain, planted on volcanic white ash called tufa. 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. Dense purple, this wine comes across as the most austere of any
of these wines. This dense, rich, elegant wine displays impressive notes of
espresso roast intermixed with blackberry and floral-infused blue fruits, but in
the finish the tannins kick in, and the wine seems closed and in need of
considerable aging. This wine has put on weight, elegance. You can drink it over the following two decades.
-Rated 92, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
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Bond Winery Melbury 2006
The name Melbury is in homage to an historic area in London, where the estate owners reside much of the year. Melbury
comes off steep slopes just north of Lake Hennessy, east of Rutherford. It is a
7-acre hillside vineyard planted in compressed clay and sedimentary soils. 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 2006 Melbury has a dense plum/purple color and a big, sweet, scorched earth, creme de cassis and blueberry nose, with hints of charcoal, spice box, and graphite. Rich, well-made, and showing exceptionally well from bottle, it is a wine that will certainly evolve for 25 or more years. -Rated 94, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
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