2004 Matriarch 750ml

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WA 94   IWC 92   WS 91   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Matriarch, which I had rated 93 in 2008, was fashioned from the lots culled out from the single-vineyard wines. This is the most open-knit and evolved of all these 2004s. Full-bodied with fabulously concentrated chocolaty, espresso, black currant and blackberry fruit notes, it is fragrant, silky smooth, broad, supple and altogether captivating. This is a beauty to drink over the next 10-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2014-2029
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Good red-ruby. Plum, mocha and chocolate on the nose. Lush and seamless on the palate, with a sappy, liqueur-like raspberry flavor complicated by leather and smoke. There's something Bordeaux-like about this broad but lively wine. Perhaps ultimately less suave than the young 2005 but today this is even longer.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Rich, almost thick and syrupy, with loamy, savory currant and black olive flavors that are compact and focused, all presented in a supple, graceful style. Finishes long and persistent.

Drink Dates: 2009-2013
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: afikes
Trust Rating: 97
Drink Dates: 2009-2019

Rating: 94
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/03/2011
Drink Dates: 2010-2017
Site Blog: The Wine Forum Color: Nice claret red edges, dark core Nose & Palate: Notes of cedar, black cherry, black currants, blackberry, dusty sweet mocha, with hints of pencil shavings and savory roasted meats. Rather reserved and in much better balance than the 2003, the 2004 is a cornucopia of sweet black fruits like cherry, blackberry and currant, some spicy oak and mocha chocolate, concentrated without being weighty, the tannins are superb with good grip, no edge to them at all.

Rating: 92
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 03/04/2013
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Rating: 91
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/07/2014
Drink Dates:
Definitely showing color and aroma characteristics of its age. Drinking well.

Rating: 83
Author: Jeffrey L260
Tasted On: 03/05/2012
Drink Dates: 2007-2011
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Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2028 bottles owned by 532 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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