Bond St. Eden Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2002

$599

The 2002 St. Eden, which comes from a valley floor vineyard in the Oakville corridor, is unreal. I had given the 2001 a perfect score, but the 2002 (made by the brain trust of on-site winemaker Bob Levy and outside French consultant Michel Rolland) is showing incredible elements of cedarwood, licorice, chocolate and creme de cassis as well as exquisite texture, full-bodied intensity, and unbelievable purity and length. It is only the second vintage for this vineyard, leased by Bill Harlan for several decades, and it has turned out to be a killer Cabernet Sauvignon and a great classic of Napa. It should drink well for 20-25 years. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

The spoils of riches continued Friday night with this being opened toward the end. I actually found this to be a touch more youthful than the ‘05 I had about a year ago. At this point in its life, red fruit emerges and dominates...dusty black cherry and high-percentage dark chocolate covered raspberries. The palate revealed bay leaf and dates with a mid palate that was surprisingly dense and powerful. The finish was heavy on cherry-vanilla cavendish pipe tobacco. This likely deserved a table to its own!

The spoils of riches continued Friday night with this being opened toward the end. I actually found this to be a touch more youthful than the ‘05 I had about a year ago. At this point in its life, red fruit emerges and dominates...dusty black cherry and high-percentage dark chocolate covered raspberries. The palate revealed bay leaf and dates with a mid palate that was surprisingly dense and powerful. The finish was heavy on cherry-vanilla cavendish pipe tobacco. This likely deserved a table to its own!

9.3

Mike R Delectable Pro

My WOTN - like candy - I might be hurting today but worth it

My WOTN - like candy - I might be hurting today but worth it

9.7

Dan Petroski Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Massican Wines

One is not like the other. But both very good.

One is not like the other. But both very good.

10

Marty Winters Delectable Pro

Rich and lush, definitely a product of such a ripe and round vintage.

Rich and lush, definitely a product of such a ripe and round vintage.

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