2002 Bond - St Eden

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 100 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 73532-2002-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($175) Good medium ruby. Aromas of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, with a note of coffee; just this side of roasted. Extremely dense and sweet, combining great sucrosity with very firm but fine tannins. Superripe but balanced at an absurdly high level of richness. Complicating notes of redcurrant, tobacco, menthol, stone and leather. Finishes very long. Still a bit youthfully subdued, but extremely long on the aftertaste.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    A rich, dense, harmonious Cabernet, with plush cassis, currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit that picks up a hint of plum and blueberry. The flavors explode on the finish, offering hints of anise and black cherry fruit that turn supple and elegant. 700 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    The 2002 St. Eden, which comes from a valley floor vineyard in the Oakville corridor, is unreal. I had given the 2001 a perfect score, but the 2002 (made by the brain trust of on-site winemaker Bob Levy and outside French consultant Michel Rolland) is showing incredible elements of cedarwood, licorice, chocolate and creme de cassis as well as exquisite texture, full-bodied intensity, and unbelievable purity and length. It is only the second vintage for this vineyard, leased by Bill Harlan for several decades, and it has turned out to be a killer Cabernet Sauvignon and a great classic of Napa. It should drink well for 20-25 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Edward O88
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Dark, rich, ruby. Distinct nose of truffle with sweetness. Nice balance, smooth, seamless. On the palate it shows great balance. Not overly sweet, with distinct notes of preserved plum. Very classy and my preferred of all the Bonds from the vintage. 50+10+8+19+9=96
    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 100

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    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Stunning wine. Deep color with a hint of bricking. Long, smooth cab, with explosive fruit and well rounded tannins.
    Author: sikora398
  • Self | Rating: 98

    This wine was extraordinary. Velvety mouth feel, with great notes of Creme De Cassis, Chocolate and Vanilla.
    Author: Kenny G
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 837 bottles owned
  • 294 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 294 collectors)