2005 Bond - Pluribus 750ml

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2005 Bond - Pluribus

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International Wine Cellar | 95(+?)

($275) Full, deep ruby. Stunning aromas of black raspberry, licorice and rocky minerality. A wine of outstanding richness and depth of flavor, with its power leavened by an almost magically creamy, pliant texture. Last year, winemaker Bob Levy told me that he fermented this wine in barrel to build up its middle palate while limiting extraction of tannins, as these vines from halfway up Spring Mountain could normally be expected to yield a very powerful, tannic style of wine. Based on this sample, his approach has worked wonders, as this wine is way suave for a cabernet-based wine from this area. The dark fruit and mineral flavors really spread out to saturate the palate on the extremely long aftertaste. As sexy as this is now, it's likely to evolve positively for a couple of decades.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 96

The impressive, dense purple-colored 2005 E Pluribus offers up aromas of spring flowers, camphor, incense, crushed rocks, graphite, and blueberry as well as blackberry liqueur. Stylistically, it is closest to the Melbury (even though that vineyard is on the other side of Napa Valley).

Drink Dates: 2011-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | 92

Packs in lots of rich, supple layers of flavor, built around fleshy currant, black cherry, plum and wild berry fruit, shaded by creamy, toasty oak. The vibrancy and concentration give this a long, persistent finish. The tannins have a slight ragged edge.

Drink Dates: 2010-2017
Author: James Laube


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Score: 96
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
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Score: 96
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/25/2013
Score: 95
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/13/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Dark berry, lead pencil without sweetness. Very structured tannin and moderate finish. Wine built to drink with food.
Score: 95
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/05/2009
More Vintages and Sizes of Bond - Pluribus:

2010 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2008 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)
2003 (1.5L)

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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See other similar producers: Harlan Estate, Sloan Estate, Colgin Cellars

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