More Vintages and Sizes of Bond - Pluribus:
International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150
($285; from a knoll facing southeast and northeast about 1,200 up Spring Mountain Full medium ruby. Extremely backward nose hints at dark fruits, fresh herbs and tomato leaf. The least velvety of these wines on the palate, and the most herbal today, with primary fruits in the deep background. Intriguing notes of mint and humus emerge with aeration. This powerful wine has a deep sweetness but its very firm-edged tannins really grip the teeth and will need time to come into harmony. Seems less dense and superripe than the 2006 example but may ultimately prove to be more elegant. The odd man out in the line-up today owing to its harder tannins.
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Author: Robert Parker
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.
Author: James Laube
Wonderful aromatics lead to a rich, layered mix of spicy currant, blackberry, wild berry and currant flavors that are full-bodied, intense, dense and concentrated, slow to reveal pleasing earth, black licorice, graphite and roasted herb. The tannins give the flavors great traction.
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