2005 Bond - Pluribus

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 98 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 16 JR
  • Variety
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SKU: 156589-2005
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2008
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15

    96 pp, 92 ws. Green, stemmy nose. Shows the Franc side of Cabernet. Aggressively tannic, sticks to the palate. Oversized. Heady. (RH)
    Author: Richard Hemming
  • Vinous | Rating: 93

    A dense, powerful wine, the 2005 Pluribus is just starting to show the first signs of maturity. Blueberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, spice, leather and tobacco all take shape in the glass. There is no shortage of density to the 2005, but like many wines from this era, the oak component is quite pronounced.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Pluribus is from a relatively high-elevation vineyard on the steep slopes of Spring Mountain and planted in the white Tufa volcanic bedrock of that area. This is the most northern vineyard of the Bond Estates, and this wine was just incredible. By far, the biggest, most backward and massive of all the 2005s, this wine behaved as if it were three or four years old, rather than ten. Dense purple, it offers notes of blueberry liqueur, St.-Estephe-like earth, licorice and a gravelly note with incredible depth, lots of blackberries, and a finish that goes on for 45+ seconds. This is incredibly youthful and dominated by the blue and black fruits that are so much a part of the Spring Mountain AVA. This wine needs another 3-4 years of cellaring and should keep for 30-40+ years and turn out to be a fabulous classic from Bond Estate. All of these wines are made in relatively limited quantities, and primarily sold via the winery mailing list.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Danl
  • Self | Rating: 96

    After 3 hour decant one of the most amazing wines ever, an inky blue black color with a gorgeous nose of blueberries, blackberries and cassis, a thick unctuous mouthfeel with thick heavy tannins at first which soften throughout as the wine aerates, a long finish that lasts for almost a minute. beautiful wine drinking now and for 20 more glorious years
    Drink Dates: 2015-2035
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Dark berry, lead pencil without sweetness. Very structured tannin and moderate finish. Wine built to drink with food.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 96

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    Author: marv
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

  • 1330 bottles owned
  • 294 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 294 collectors)