2012 Bond - Pluribus

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 98 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 156589-2012-750-3A
  • Vinous | Rating: 97

    All the best qualities of the vintage come through in the 2012 Pluribus. Pliant and inviting, with striking depth, the 2012 has a lot to say. This is another subtle, understated wine from Bond that is presently holding back quite a bit. Even so, its potential is evident. Today, the 2012 is super-impressive.
    Drink Dates: 2020-2032
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 98

    Bright ruby. Less relentlessly fruity than the Vecina, showing aromas of urgent crushed blackberry and blueberry along with notes of coffee, mocha and brown spices. For all its size and power, this shows an exhilarating light touch and outstanding inner-mouth perfume. Huge yet weightless wine with an uncanny horizontal finish that coats the entire palate with refined tannins. This Spring Mountain site has always yielded a muscular, tannic wine, and the team has been using irrigation and shade cloth to get the tannins riper earlier and to be able to pick fresher fruit. Their efforts appear to have paid off with this spectacular 2012.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    From a 7-acre parcel on Spring Mountain, the 2012 Pluribus Proprietary Red Wine exhibits the white flowers (acacia?), blueberry and black raspberry fruit that comes from this high elevation site. It is full-bodied but very tannic, backward, coiled and relatively tight, behaving in that sense more like a 2013 than a 2012. This wine is set for a long life of 30+ years. Forget it for another 4 or 5 years, then consume it over the following three decades.
    Drink Dates: 2019-2049
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Notes of gravelly earth, graphite and riverbed pebbles give this a distinctive, stony mouthfeel. Ends chewy, with mocha, dark berry, plum, road tar and espresso flavors. Should improve with short-term cellaring.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2030
    Author: James Laube
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 98

    This is so muscular and juicy with fascinating aromas of hot asphalt, tea leaf, autumn leaf, fresh leather and dark fruits. Its full-bodied and strong yet pure and handsome. Manly. Great texture. Needs at least five to six years to soften. The best Pluribus ever?
    Author: James Suckling
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  • 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

    • 1015 bottles owned
    • 101 collectors