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2017 Bond Matriarch

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

93Jeb Dunnuck

...impressive notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, toasted spices, dried tobacco, and a touch of chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, rich, and textured...

92The Wine Advocate

...absolutely pops with vibrant black fruit notes and a seriously spicy undercurrent, featuring black cherry compote and warm cassis with hints of Indian spices and pencil shavings. Full-bodied, rich and exotic, the style is upfront and bold with a plush texture and hedonic finish.

92Vinous / IWC

...opens with gorgeous aromatics. Dark, powerful and quite deep, the Matriarch has plenty of depth, to the point that its raciness virtually covers the tannins. Black cherry, plum, chocolate and licorice all meld together...

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,