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This Cru is situated in the eastern hills of Napa Valley, 9 acres/3.64 hectares of vineyard. Elevation of 433-595 feet. A very steep site, south west exposure on what was an ancient river bed full of cobble and rocks interwoven with pockets of tufa (volcanic ash). The name Quella derives from the German word for pristine source or aquifer (a body of permeable rock which can contain or transmit groundwater), a nod to the site’s previous incarnation and inspired by the style of the wine itself; fluidity, super fine tannins and perhaps the lightest of the wines or at least from our humble opinion. The blue colour on the label reflects the former. The first vintage under BOND was 2006. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors with some conifer and stone. Full-to medium-bodied with firm, dusty tannins that are fine and intense. Clarity to this wine. Try after 2024” – 98 Points – Jeb Dunnuck – James Suckling


ST. EDEN 2018
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St. Eden is located just north of Oakville Crossing, in the eastern part of Oakville. The name is an historical reference to the region’s designation on 19th century maps. 145-88 feet elevation. 11 acres/4.45 hectare vineyard facing North consisting of iron rich fractured volcanic rock caused by a historical landside on the site. The highest diurnal range of all the BOND Cru’s. The green colour on the label relates to a common theme both BOND and ourselves could see in the wine; dried /roasted herbs, bayleaf. We also felt it had lot of umami qualities, a fantastic wine for pairings. The first vintage under BOND was 2001. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Extremely aromatic and energetic with blackberries and essence of currants. Fresh and transparent. Full-bodied with dark fruit and some spice, inkwell and blood. Very structured and tannic, but balanced and polished. Undercurrent of acidity. Contrastive. Better after 2026” – 99 Points – Jeb Dunnick – James Suckling


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Vecina is the Spanish word for neighbour and duly named due to the vineyard being just a stones throw from the BOND winery itself, in the Western foothills of Oakville. 221-30 feet elevation. 11 acre/4.5 hectare slope of volcanic and alluvial wash soils that faces due East. We found this wine to be so aromatic, perfumed, mentions of freshly tilled soil with flowers. The colour chosen for this label and vineyard is Terracotta, due to the apparent ‘glow’ the vineyard takes on in the morning sun. The first vintage under BOND was 1999 as part of the inugural release of BOND, alongside the Melbury Cru. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Seductive aromas of blackcurrants, plums and flowers, including roses. Really incredible this year with such verticality, depth and brightness. Goes on and on and on. Superb fruit character with plums and currants. Love it. Drinkable now, but give it time. Try after 2025”- 100 Points – Jeb Dunnick – James Suckling


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Pluribus is the highest elevation of the BOND Cru’s, ranging from 1,137 to 1,327 feet above sea level on the slopes of Spring Mountain. 7 acre/2.38 hectare moutainous vineyard with steep exposures to the north east and south east. Soil is decomposed volcanic material. One of the other key points is the vineyard is sourrounded by conifers and these do seem to add a touch of their personality to the wine. The colour on the label is purple and this seems to be a nod to regality. We felt it’s also a reflection of the black and blue fruit tones in the wine itself. 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. The first vintage under BOND was 2003. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Tight and focused, dusty tannins to this full-to medium-bodied red with a focal point in the palate that shows blackcurrants, conifer and dark earth. Chewy and tight. Long finish, but rather reserved now. Drink from 2025” – 99 Points – Jeb Dunnick – James Suckling