2002 Matriarch 750ml

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2002 Matriarch

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International Wine Cellar | 92

($75) Good full medium ruby. Dark plum, truffle and buttery oak on the nose. Suave and fine-grained, with enticing flavors of plum and black raspberry. A plump, sexy wine with a long, slow-building finish featuring very fine tannins. This shows a firmer structure than the very good 2001. In fact, this seems more refined, as well as more of a real wine rather than simply a blend made up of declassified fruit, than previous vintages of The Matriarch.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | 90

Bob Levy refers to the Matriarch Proprietary Red as "our elegant leftovers," a four vineyard blend of juice that did not make the cut for the top wines. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful effort. Sweet black cherry and cedarwood aromas emerge from the medium-bodied 2002 Matriarch Proprietary Red. With a soft, supple texture and an evolved, upfront style, it is ideal for drinking over the next decade. Restaurants as well as consumers who are incapable of deferring their gratification should buy this one by the case.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Wine Spectator | 93

Wonderful aromatics, with rich cassis, kirsch and blackberry. Both intense and concentrated, this shows a suppleness at midpalate that lets the flavors glide across the finish. It ends with excellent structure and a touch of cedar. 1,200 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Author: James Laube


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Score: 92
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/03/2014
Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Very dark red. Black and blue fruit. Mild smokiness. Dark chocolate. Earthy flavors. Medium finish. Big
Score: 90
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 07/13/2009
Drink Dates:
Score: 89
Author: Jeffrey L260
Tasted On: 08/01/2008
Drink Dates: 2002-2006
Good paring with red meats. One of the more solid vintages to date.

About This Producer


In his ongoing quest to produce world class wine in the tradition of 1st Growth Bordeaux, Bill Harlan - of Harlan Estate fame - started Bond to create single vineyard wines from sources meeting his high growing standards. Winemaker Robert Levy produces five vineyard designate wines: Melbury, St. Eden, Vecina, Pluribus and Quella, as well as a blend called The Matriarch. Levy's goal is for each wine to take on the unique expression of its vineyard site and Bill Harlan's ultimate plan is to produce wines from a total of 6 unique vineyards. The wines are known for their lush, deeply concentrated flavors, and their elegance and finesse, which Bill and Robert feel define them as the "Grand Crus" of Napa. Fewer than 1,500 cases of the Matriarch, and between 400 and 700 cases of the vineyard designates are produced annually.

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