WILD HORSE 2009: Highly Recommended and Delicious

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WILD HORSE 2009:  Highly Recommended and Delicious

Bold and fruit-forward in style, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon  displays aromas of cherry, mint and clove and flavors of black currant, black cherry, cedar and vanilla. It is full-bodied and finishes with polished, chewy tannins. The deep fruit and balanced acidity of this wine makes it a perfect match for a wide range of foods including grilled New York Strip Steak and red wine-braised lamb shanks. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6%...

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Joel Gott 2009

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Joel Gott 2009

The Joel Gott 2009 815 Cabernet Sauvignon offers engaging and layered aromas of blackberry and dark plum with hints of spice, cedar and vanilla.  The polished tannins and velvet texture lead to an elegant and long...

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Orin Swift “Mercury Head” 2009

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Orin Swift “Mercury Head”  2009

“Mercury Head” is 95% Cabernet and 5% Merlot from the best lots  from the Morisoli and Taplin Vineyards. Low yields and highly concentrated fruit characterized 2009, in which small clusters of berries acheived perfect phenolic ripeness due to the long growing season, while cooperative weather preserved naturally bright acidity. Aged for eighteen months in 30% new French oak, this Cab is rich and lush, with ripe cassis and blackberry  aromas and flavors against a backdrop of creamy vanilla, toasty caramel and baking spices. The oak is well-integrated however and the tannins ripe and long. There’s a lot of fruit packed in here, with much pleasure to offer even at this young stage. Enjoy now or hold up to ten years in the...

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Banknote Counterfeit 2009

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Banknote Counterfeit 2009

Counterfeit is a complex cabernet sauvignon that showcases a floral nose with hints of herbs and espresso. This cabernet has a delicious mix  of ripe blackberry and dark fruit flavors complemented by vanilla and creamy oak. The wines elegance in balance and weight makes it ideal for food pairings.    ...

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Shafer “One Point Five” Stags Leap District 2007

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Shafer “One Point Five” Stags Leap District 2007

“The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five (includes 1% Petit Verdot,) offers up juicy red and black fruit notes intermixed with licorice, coffee beans, and camphor as well as an impressive, full-bodied texture, good elegance, and floral undertones. With a savory, broad texture, this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.” 93 points ~ Robert Parker “Bright ruby-red. Fresh aromas and flavors of black raspberry, dark cherry, leather and sexy oak spices, with a hint of dill. Supple, suave and sweet, with ripe acids energizing the mid-palate of this chewy wine. The leathery hint carries through to the finish, which features firm, dusty tannins and lingering sweet fruit.” 91 points ~ Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar...

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Bond Melbury 2007

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Bond Melbury 2007

“Out of bottle, the 2007 Melbury is even more impressive than it was from barrel. Aromas of cedarwood, barbecue spice, licorice, spring flowers, black currants and sweet kirsch jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine. A full-bodied texture, wonderful opulence, sweet velvety tannins and an extraordinary integration of all its component parts make for a prodigious Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 25-30+ years.” 97 Points ~ The Wine Advocate  ...

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Bond Vecina 2007

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Bond Vecina 2007

“A perfect wine, the 2007 Vecina provides a prodigious display of blackberries, charcoal, black currants, burning embers and a La Mission-Haut-Brion-like hot rock/gravelly character. The most tannic as well as most concentrated and layered of the 2007s, this is a long-term, but utterly brilliant wine. In many ways it reminds me of the Harlan Estate itself given its prodigious build and potential for extended longevity. It merits 4-5 years of bottle age and should drink well for three decades thereafter. ” 100 Points ~ The Wine Advocate Vecina is coined from the Spanish word for neighbor. This is our endeavor with the property situated directly southeast of the Bond winery.  The beautifully terraced volcanic soil slopes of this property reside in Oakville’s western foothills. The 11-acre site faces due east and is the recipient of cool morning sun. Vecina, which appeared with the 1999 vintage in the inaugural Bond release, is always powerful, intense and savory. Vecina’s other hallmarks are blackberry fruit, with wild forest floor and mineral associated overtones....

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Bond Pluribus 2006

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Bond Pluribus 2006

“The 2006 E Pluribus, like all of these Cabernet Sauvignons, is youthful, with an opaque purple color and a big, sweet nose of blueberry liqueur intermixed with spring flowers and wet rocks. Full-bodied, powerful, and backward, with sweet tannin but formidable structure, this wine needs to be cellared for 4-5 years and drunk over the following 25 years”. 94 Points  ~ The Wine Advocate  The name refers to the Latin word for many, and was chosen to signify the various facets involved in creating a fine wine: from the sun, soil, and climate of a vineyard, to the team of people who guide a wine through its evolution. A breathtaking mountainous 7-acre site with steep exposures to the north, east and southeast, the soil is comprised of volcanic bedrock. Pluribus, which debuted in the 2003 vintage, is defined as a bold, rich and concentrated wine; elements of dark plum, roasted coffee, and scents of cedar are inherent throughout the vintages....

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Bond St. Eden 2007

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Bond St. Eden 2007

Not surprisingly, the 2007 St. Eden flirts with perfection. Another Pauillac look-alike, it offers up glorious aromas of cedarwood, creme de cassis, spice box, high class unsmoked cigar tobacco, roasted herbs and a hint of mocha. The complex aromas brilliantly conceal the long aging in new French oak. This compelling, singular, full-bodied, multilayered, sensational Cabernet Sauvignon can be drunk early (because of the flamboyance and unctuosity of the vintage), but promises to provide thrilling consumption in 30+ years. ” 99 Points  ~ The Wine Advocate St. Eden is based upon an 11-acre rocky knoll that is part of a beautiful estate located just north of the Oakville Crossroad. Eden is an historical reference to this region’s designation on nineteenth century maps. The red rocky soil of this northfacing site originates from high in the Vaca Mountains. St. Eden, which appeared first in the 2001 vintage, reliably shows great focus, an opulent “sweet” center and notes of creme de cassis, dark chocolate, and roasted herbs. Mineral-tinged and broad on the palate....

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Bond Quella 2007

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Bond Quella 2007

“The 2007 Quella performed slightly better than I predicted last year. A magical combination of blueberry liqueur intermixed with crushed rock, spring flowers (violets?), earth, pen ink and burning ember leads to a full-bodied, majestically rich wine with a multilayered texture, silky tannins and a phenomenally long finish of over 50 seconds. This sensational 2007 should drink well for 25-30+ years. ” 97 Points ~ The Wine Advocate...

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