2004 Bond "Pluribus" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1054087 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Perhaps the wine that jumped the most in score from when I first tasted these wines out of bottle in 2008, is the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Pluribus. Rated 94 back in 2008, it’s now a solid 98 and knocking on the door of perfection. This wine comes from a Spring Mountain vineyard northwest of the charming town of St. Helena. It has gorgeous notes of graphite, acacia flowers, blueberry liqueur, scorched earth and hot stones. Reminiscent of a top Graves, it is another full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with good acidity as well as fabulous purity and concentration. I had not seen the Graves-like character in this wine prior to bottling and post-bottling, but it is there now. This stunner is open for business and its fragrance and suppleness suggest drinking it over the next two decades. (RP)  (4/2014)

96 points Wine Spectator

 A rich, opulent, fleshy style, brimming with ripe black cherry, wild berry and currant flavors that are supple and well-focused, keeping the fruit well-centered and ending with ripe tannins that have a nice earthy, cedary edge. There's wonderful length on the finish.  (10/2007)

95 points Vinous

 (14.5% alcohol): Bright, dark, saturated ruby. Brooding but very pure aromas of licorice, black cherry, violet, minerals, crushed rock, menthol and espresso. Very dense, deep and suave, displaying lovely definition and a light touch to its black fruit and mineral flavors. Not a particularly sweet style but with great finesse to its mid-palate texture and noble tannins. Superb, slowly mounting, very subtle finish. Wonderfully handled Spring Mountain tannins, but the wine is nevertheless quite powerful. Juicy and restrained but harmonious already. This brilliant wine showed a slightly high-toned quality with aeration. (ST)  (6/2015)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated deep ruby. Reticent but pure aromas of black raspberry, cassis, licorice and minerals. A major mouthful of wine but ultimately less dense and sweet than the 2005. Sound acidity gives the fruit a racy quality and imbues the wine with energy. Finishes with huge, broad, chocolatey tannins. (ST)  (5/2007)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 In the Bond stable, Pluribus marches to a different beat. There’s something of a baked pastry quality, with scents of marzipan, blackstrap molasses, and blackberry-cherry pie filling. This is the rawest Bond wine, the most tannic and least approachable. It’s almost rustic in heft, like an Amador Zinfandel. Best to cellar for a few years, and could go the long haul.  (12/2007)

K&L Notes

From Harlan Estate's Bill Harlan, Bob Levy, oenologist, Michel Rolland, and what they believe to be the best soils in the Napa Valley. Pluribus is a vineyard on Spring Mountain.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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California

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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.