2012 Bond "Pluribus" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
This is so muscular and juicy with fascinating aromas of hot asphalt, tea leaf, autumn leaf, fresh leather and dark fruits. It’s full-bodied and strong yet pure and handsome. Manly. Great texture. Needs at least five to six years to soften. The best Pluribus ever?
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Less relentlessly fruity than the Vecina, showing aromas of urgent crushed blackberry and blueberry along with notes of coffee, mocha and brown spices. For all its size and power, this shows an exhilarating light touch and outstanding inner-mouth perfume. Huge yet weightless wine with an uncanny horizontal finish that coats the entire palate with refined tannins. This Spring Mountain site has always yielded a muscular, tannic wine, and the team has been using irrigation and shade cloth to get the tannins riper earlier and to be able to pick fresher fruit. Their efforts appear to have paid off with this spectacular 2012.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From a 7-acre parcel on Spring Mountain, the 2012 Pluribus Proprietary Red Wine exhibits the white flowers (acacia?), blueberry and black raspberry fruit that comes from this high elevation site. It is full-bodied but very tannic, backward, coiled and relatively tight, behaving in that sense more like a 2013 than a 2012. This wine is set for a long life of 30+ years. Forget it for another 4 or 5 years, then consume it over the following three decades. (RP)
The 2012 Pluribus has softened considerably over the last year. White pepper, cranberry, chalk, blood orange and spices are some of the signatures. Precise and finely sculpted, the 2012 is all about finesse. There is plenty to like here. (AG)
Notes of gravelly earth, graphite and riverbed pebbles give this a distinctive, stony mouthfeel. Ends chewy, with mocha, dark berry, plum, road tar and espresso flavors. Should improve with short-term cellaring. To be released spring 2016. Best from 2017 through 2030.