2003 Matriarch 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

The 2003 Matriarch (1,500 cases) is a ripe, spicy, supple-textured effort offering beautiful plum, anise, black currant, tobacco, and toasty oak notes. Full-bodied, lush, and concentrated, it should drink well for 10-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2006-2021
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

Superripe, roasted nose shows a medicinal quality. Lush and sweet but a bit cooler in style than the 2004. Today, the wine's edge of acidity has not yet come into harmony with its firm tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 06/07/2012
Drink Dates:

Rating: 94
Author: MondovinoVA
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/30/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2020
At a perfect stage of maturity - still good tannin but the fruit is subdued and showing secondary flavors. Classic Matriarch/Harlan wine, nose is not classically fruit forward like most CA cabs, more earthy and in balance. Outstanding!

Rating: 91
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/11/2010
Site Blog: The Wine Forum MUST DECANT 1-2 Hours Definitely showing the character of this hot vintage. Color: Mostly Purple, garnet dark red edges Nose & Palate: A bit alcoholic at first, I was a little disappointed, but after an hours decant it started to blossom. Black cherry and kirsch, creamy oak and currants. Palate is medium to full, pretty elegant texture for such a dark wine. Tannins are in there on the finish, barely noticeable but finely grained. Explosive palate after 2 hours, but in a somewhat refined manner, much better with time open.

Average rating: 89, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1809 bottles owned by 464 collectors.

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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.

See other similar producers: Harlan Estate, Sloan Estate, Colgin Cellars

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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