2012 Matriarch by Harlan
Region: Napa Valley
Sourced from select hillside estates, the Cabernet Sauvignon wines of BOND vividly demonstrate the range of Napa Valley's finest terroirs. From the more than eighty vineyards we have worked with over the past quarter century, we have slowly and vigilantly selected five sites. BOND became our covenant and shared commitment to produce only the best expression of the land. By way of this valuable experience, we had the opportunity to identify select properties that we felt had the potential to define the ‘Grand Crus’ of Napa Valley. These small hillside Cabernet vineyards, ranging in size from 7 to 11 acres, became the basis for the wines of BOND.
90-92 Points Wine Advocate, Richer, deeper and more prodigious than the 2011, the 2012 Matriarch Proprietary Red Blend seems almost too good to have been culled from the single vineyard, which tells you something about the quality of this great vintage for Napa. The wine’s dense purple color is followed by a sweet perfume of blueberry and blackberry fruit, mocha, espresso bean, spring flower and toasty oak notes. With fabulous intensity, it should drink well for 10-15+ years.