2008 BOND Matriarch, Napa Valley
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BOND Matriarch Red, Napa Valley, USA 2008
WINE ADVOCATEThe 2008 Matriarch shows lovely focus in an understated expression of dark red fruit. Flowers, spices, licorice and tobacco are nicely layered into the finish. Overall, the 2008 comes across as a bit compact. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
Bill Harlan and his team make the BOND wines through long-term lease arrangements they hold with vineyard owners in a handful of top hillside sites in Napa Valley. The Melbury, Quella and Vecina vineyards are planted with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The St. Eden vineyard includes 5% Cabernet Franc that was recently grafted onto Merlot rootstocks, while the Pluribus vineyard includes 13% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc. Overall, the 2008s are less consistent than the 2009s, which are shaping up to be brilliant. I also tasted a number of 2010s from barrel with Bill Harlan and winemakers Bob Levy and Corey Empting that were striking for their purity, depth and class.