Matriarch

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Description

Making wines of superlative quality demands a good deal of discernment and often requires sacrifice.

Rigorous selection is employed at every stage of the wine's development. Many components, though singularly attractive and possessing lavish attributes, are not utilized in the final blends for BOND. This provides us the opportunity to create a second wine. This blend, offered under the MATRIARCH label, will always be evocative of its pedigree and distinct in its hillside character.


Accolades

2013

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A dark, brooding wine, the 2013 Matriarch is almost too serious for a second wine. Dark blue and purplish fruit, spices, mint, licorice and lavender all open up in the glass, while firm tannins give the 2013 its contours and overall shape. The Matriarch is a terrific example of just how good the vintage is across all levels.

 

(90-93) Points

Antonio Galloni, vinous (October 2015)

2012

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The 2012 Matriarch is plump, juicy and generous, with plenty of dark red cherry, plums, new leather, cinnamon and floral notes. The succulent, open-knit style is a terrific example of the year. Matriarch is a blend of fruit from various sources in the BOND program that don't make it into the vineyard-designate bottlings.

92 Points

Antonio Galloni, vinous (October 2015)

2011

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The 2011 Matriarch is soft, silky and quite pretty. Naturally the 2011 is a smaller-scaled wine than normal, but there are no hard edges. I would prefer to drink the 2011 over the next few years, while the fruit is supple and forward. Hints of red cherry, mint and tobacco add to an overall impression of graciousness.

91 Points

Antonio Galloni, vinous (December 2014)

2010

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The medium-bodied 2010 Matriarch displays lots of blueberry and black currant fruit intermixed with hints of white chocolate, espresso, spice and background oak. Opulent and lush with sweet, well-integrated tannins, this 2010 can be drunk now and over the next 10-15 years.

91 Points

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (October 2013)


The 2010 Matriarch is quite beautiful in this vintage. Supple and juicy at first, the 2010 has plenty of underlying structure. Rose petals, violets, new leather and a hint of orange peel appear on an exotic, perfumed finish laced with veins of dark red and blue fruits.

93 Points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (November 2013)

2009

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The 2009 Proprietary Blend Matriarch opens with gorgeous aromatics. Ripe, silky tannins support hints of sweet raspberry, flowers and spices. The 2009 is subtle, perfumed and totally polished from the very first taste. This sensual, beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon is a great introduction to the vintage at BOND.

91 Points

Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate (December 2012)

2008

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Good full ruby-red. Currant, tobacco, graphite and sexy cedar oak tones on the nose. At once creamy and vibrant, with a deeply spicy quality to the dark fruit and mineral flavors. Ripe and seamless wine with a suave, lingering finish. A lovely wine with considerable early appeal.

90 Points

Steven Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (May/June 2011)

2007

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Tight, firm and focused, with a trim, concentrated, structured mix of blackberry, wild berry, currant, mineral, cedar and sage. Full-bodied, then clamps down on the finish, where this shows its cedary cigar box edge. To be released spring 2011. Best from 2012 through 2022.

93 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator (November 2010)

2006

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Delicious, pure, rich and structured, with ripe cherry, plum, blackberry, mineral, anise and sage flavors that gain weight and depth. Full-bodied and firmly tannic, ending on a pleasant earthy note. Drink now through 2016.

92 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator (November 2009)

2005

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The lush, opulent, flamboyant 2005 Matriarch offers copious quantities of black cherry and black currant fruit, lead pencil, and earth. Already delicious, it hits just about every sweet spot on the palate. Enjoy it over the next 12-15+ years.

93 Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2008)

2004

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I think the 2004 Matriarch is opulent and impressive. Dark ruby/purple, beautifully exotic and full-bodied, with notes of incense, toasty oak, blackberry, licorice, and chocolate espresso, the wine is round, fleshy, and succulent. Drink it over the next 12-15+ years.

93 Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2007)


An awesome wine, with rich, vivid, concentrated currant, black cherry, plum and wild berry flavors that are sharply focused. The tannins are ripe and smooth on the palate, with a supple, graceful finish redolent of rich fruit flavors and pretty spicy nuances. Drink now through 2012. 1,100 cases made.

93 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator (September 2004)

2003

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The 2003 Matriarch is a ripe, spicy, supple-textured effort offering beautiful plum, anise, black currant, tobacco, and toasty oak notes. Fullbodied, lush, and concentrated, it should drink well for 10–15 years.

90 Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2006)

2002

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Wonderful aromatics, with rich cassis, kirsch and blackberry. Both intense and concentrated, this shows a suppleness at midpalate that lets the flavors glide across the finish. It ends with excellent structure and a touch of cedar.

93 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator (November 15, 2005)

2001

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A great introduction to BOND's style is the 2001 Matriarch, which Bob Levy calls, "our elegant leftovers." This is a three-vineyard blend of the juice that was not rich or concentrated enough to be included in the single vineyard bottlings. Beautifully made, with wonderfully sweet notes of smoke, lead pencil shavings, black cherries, and cassis, an opulent texture, impressive concentration, low acidity, and silky tannin, it possesses ore up-front charm and accessibility than its bigger siblings. Enjoy over the next 10–12 years.

94 Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (February 2005)

1999

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The result is a tremendous value for those who love this style. A ripe, plush, opulent wine, with layers of seductive black cherry, blackberry, plum and spice, a smooth texture and ripe, mouthcoating tannins accented by a hint of melted chocolate. Drink now through 2012.

93 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator (February 2004)