I have been excited about the BOND 2009s since I first tasted them 18 months ago. My enthusiasm for those wines is surpassed only by the 2010s. The 2009s are sexy, radiant and impeccably polished, while the 2010s are more inward, structured and brooding in style.
'The BOND winery represents a one-of-a-kind Grand Cru concept in Napa Valley. It is based on making wine in the Burgundian way, expressing different terroirs with one variety - Cabernet Sauvignon. BOND's existing top five crus - Melbury, Vecina, St. Eden, Pluribus and Quella - are located apart from each other around Napa Valley.'
'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.'
'Six great vineyards of Napa. Five found. One to be discovered. The vision inspired by DRC's six reds - Echezeaux, Grands Echezeaux, Romanee-St-Vivant, Richebourg, La Tache, Romanee-Conti. Bond's Melbury, Vecina, St. Eden, Pluribus... Paul hinted that the sixth and final vineyard may be revealed in the next three years. Gripping...'
'At this level of winemaking, of sensitive farming and careful selection...'
Top 100 Wineries of the Year - Buying Guide 2011
April 2010 Buying Guide
To reiterate what I have written in the past, BOND is the world-class project of Harlan Estate's owner, Bill Harlan...'
'At Wine & Spirits, our blind panels tasted 1,845 wines for this issue's tasting report. Those panels included some of the industry's best talent... From those tastings, our critics chose the wines you'll find in the following pages. We've included all the exceptional bottlings (earning 90 points or more), as well as those that offer the best bang for the buck (Best Buys).'
'BOND is owned by Bill Harlan, whose Harlan Estate is itself a pinnacle of Napa Valley -- one of the most sought after and expensive wines made in Napa. While the two projects are separate, their origins are intertwined.'
'In a region where Cabernet is king, here are Napa Valley's best bottles of the season.'
'Do the best wines of Napa Valley not deserve the same recognition as, say, the classified French wines, which would make things clearer for consumers all over the world? We believe they do.'
'If intelligence is the unique ability to recognize in seeming randomness meaningful patterns not readily apparent to others - relationships, connections between objects and ideas - then Bill Harlan is certainly a man of uncommon gifts.'
'Great California Cabernets; Top-scoring wines from our annual report, Nov. 15, 2007.'
'Your Guide to the Top Wine Vintages... California, Cabernets & Blends'
'Bill Harlan proves there's a soul to soil and climate.'
'...You should definitely put them on your short list of wineries to look for; they are poised to join the elite the next time around - further proof of the dynamics of Napa Cabernet.'
'The name BOND, besides being a family name on Harlan's mother's side, is intended to convey this idea of a mutual partnership between the Harlan team and the various growers. Harlan speaks of it as 'a covenant.''
'Bill Harlan has few peers when it comes to the pursuit of excellence in Cabernet Sauvignon... his latest venture, called BOND, adds a new wrinkle to his approach to the Napa Cabernet scene.'