2011 Bond "Pluribus" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1200636 95 points James Suckling

 This shows great depth and length. Full-bodied and rich, with hazelnut, terracotta and berry character. Wonderful texture and length. Needs time to soften but already a joy to taste. Try in 2016.  (5/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Displaying plenty of blueberry and black raspberry fruit, the soft, luscious 2011 Proprietary Red Blend Pluribus has more depth and concentration than it did from barrel. Full-bodied, opulent and complex, this beauty should drink nicely for 15-20 years. (RP)  (10/2014)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Reticent but pure nose hints at dark berries, violet, minerals and black pepper. Large-scaled, round, deep and sweet but with excellent juicy lift and definition; the most layered of these 2011s today. Most impressive on the horizontal, perfumed back end, which features a fine dusting of tannins, a piquant herbal note and a whiplash of dark fruits. A great showing today and one of the standouts of its vintage. (ST)  (5/2014)

94 points Vinous

 Floral, lifted and precise, the 2011 Pluribus stands out for its magnificent balance, showing what was possible in this often unfairly maligned vintage. The 2011 is not a huge Cabernet but rather a wine that impresses for its nuance, finely cut fruit and fabulous sense of proportion. Hints of dark red cherry, plum, mint and wild flowers are laced into the expressive finish. What a pleasant surprise the 2011 Pluribus has turned out to be. 94+ points. (AG)  (12/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Presents a wide range of dense, taut, rich flavors, extending from ripe plum and black cherry to dill, cedar, blackberry and olive. Ends with a pleasant chewiness. Drink now through 2023. (JL)  (10/2014)

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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 M├ędoc 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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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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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.