2012 Bond "St. Eden" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From an 11-acre vineyard just north of the Oakville corridor, the 2012 St. Eden shows gorgeous, cedary Christmas fruitcake notes, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, spice box, earth, and almost first growth Pauillac-like cassis and lead pencil shavings. Deep, full-bodied, and fabulously concentrated, this stunner flirts with perfection. Slightly more evolved than the Quella or Melbury, this wine may be the most drinkable out of the gate of all the Bond offerings in 2012. It should continue to evolve for at least 30+ years. These exceptionally impressive wines from Bill Harlan are all majestic in 2012. There are between 500 and 600 cases of each of these essentially single vineyard wines from five separate micro-climates in Napa Valley, with the exception of the Matriarch, which comes from the barrels and lots culled from the different single vineyards that were considered slightly more forward and less profound than the individual wines. All of them have great singularity and are made with absolutely no compromises. In the great vintages, such as 2012 and no doubt 2013, these wines clearly have 25-35+ years of aging potential. I wouldn’t be surprised in certain years to see them go on for 50 or more years. (RP)
Beautiful fruit definition with blackberries, blueberries, chocolate and burnt orange character. Full body and round, fine powder texture plus dusty, velvety tannins. Long and gorgeous finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated medium ruby. Knockout nose combines crushed briary blueberry and blackberry, plum, iron, mocha and smoke. Remarkably sweet and lush in the mid-palate, with the wild berry character following through. Plush yet ultimately backward and very serious wine with terrific density and a slowly mounting chocolatey finish with ripe tannins completely buffered by fruit. (ST)
The 2012 St. Eden is totally seamless and polished in the glass. Silky tannins add to an overall impression of total voluptuousness. The 2012 isn't quite as expressive as the very best years, but it is a gorgeous wine that won't require more than a few years in bottle to be at its best. Dark, smoky and scorched flavors meld into the powerful finish. (AG)
Pure and graceful, with ripe, delicate red and dark berry flavors, light floral aromas and subtle oak nuances. An easy-drinking style, this is moderately tannic and should be ready to drink now or age short-term. To be released spring 2016. Drink now through 2026.