2009 Bond - Pluribus 1.5L

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2009 Bond - Pluribus
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International Wine Cellar | 96

Flamboyantly mineral aromas and flavors of cassis, black cherry, licorice, violet and exotic herbs. Large-scaled, creamy and deep; the biggest and chewiest of this set of 2009s, but with the brooding energy to leaven its lush texture. Finishes classically dry and serious, with big but fully ripe tannins that reach the front teeth. Usually powerful in a Leoville-Las Cases way, the 2009 Pluribus is remarkably harmonious from the start. Winemaker Cory Empting notes that a portion of this fruit was picked after the heavy mid-October rain, and that some of this material did not make the final blend. (I should note that my recent retaste of the 2008 Pluribus was even more impressive than the bottle I tried a year ago. This latest sample had gained in pliancy and breadth but remains extremely young, with the acid spine and tannic clout for a long evolution in bottle. I rated the wine 95 in March.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Advocate | 97

The 2009 Proprietary Blend Pluribus boasts stunning concentration, depth and power. Tar, incense, graphite, plums and grilled herbs all flow from this dark, sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. The balance of fruit, tannin and acidity is masterful. The Pluribus is always the most intense of the BOND wines. It can at times be a bit of a brute, but the 2009 is as refined as it gets. There is no shortage of class and integrity here. Hints of smoke, tar and juniper berries add the final layers of complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039.

Drink Dates: 2019-2039
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 204

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Wine Spectator | 96

Amazing, complex and elegant, with a pure, rich, spicy mix of dark berry, plum and black cherry flavors. Supple and harmonious, elegant and persistent, this is the best of the 2009 Bonds.

Drink Dates: 2012-2028
Author: James Laube


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More Vintages and Sizes of Bond - Pluribus:

2008 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)
2005 (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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