Rare California Cabernets

30 Apr Rare California Cabernets

Rare California Cabs

These rare collectibles only come around once a year, and there are only a few bottles available. In critics’ eyes, these wines are close to perfection. First come, first served!

“These exceptionally impressive wines from Bill Harlan are all majestic in 2012. There are between 500 and 600 cases of each of these essentially single vineyard wines from five separate micro-climates in Napa Valley… All of them have great singularity and are made with absolutely no compromises. In the great vintages, such as 2012 and no doubt 2013, these wines clearly have 25-35+ years of aging potential. I wouldn’t be surprised in certain years to see them go on for 50 or more years.”
Robert Parker, Jr. of The Wine Advocate

2013 Continuum Proprietary Red, Napa Valleycontinuum
On Sale $199.99 750mL, $104.99 375mL, $459.99 1.5L
Impressive purity of fruit and definition with black currant, oyster shell, blueberries and slate. Graphite too. Very complex yet subtle. Full-bodied, very chewy and powerful yet polished and gorgeous. Muscular, well-formed tannins. Electric style. Best ever from here. Drink in 2020.
99 Points, James Suckling

2012 Bond Melbury Proprietary Red, Napa Valley (2 bottles)
On Sale $439.99 (Lowest Price on Winesearcher.com!)
Aromas of terracotta, clay and plum. Kiln too. Full-bodied with super freshness and balance that then shows an incredible finish with an electrical aftertaste. Vibrant. Tingling. Better in 2018 but so wonderful to taste now. Wow. Makes you want to drink it! This is from a very clay-soiled hillside vineyard. March 2016 release. Barrel sample.
99 Points, James Suckling

2012 Bond Pluribus Proprietary Red, Napa Valley (3 bottles)
On Sale $439.99 (Lowest Price on Winesearcher.com!)
This is so muscular and juicy with fascinating aromas of hot asphalt, tea leaf, autumn leaf, fresh leather and dark fruits. It’s full-bodied and strong yet pure and handsome. Manly. Great texture. Needs at least five to six years to soften. The best Pluribus ever?
98 Points, James Suckling

quella2012 Bond Quella Proprietary Red, Napa Valley (3 bottles)
On Sale $439.99 (Lowest Price on Winesearcher.com!)
The 2012 Quella (from a steep 9-acre vineyard in the eastern Vaca hillsides) has an opaque purple color, a gorgeous nose of white flowers, sweet blackberry and cassis fruit, and a touch of vanilla and graphite. Full-bodied, like its siblings, with great fruit extract, terrific purity and richness, and high but velvety tannins, this wine should also benefit from another 3-5 years of cellaring and keep for 30+ years.
98 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Bond St. Eden Proprietary Red, Napa Valley (3 bottles)
On Sale $439.99 (Lowest Price on Winesearcher.com!)
From an 11-acre vineyard just north of the Oakville corridor, the 2012 St. Eden shows gorgeous, cedary Christmas fruitcake notes, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, spice box, earth, and almost first growth Pauillac-like cassis and lead pencil shavings. Deep, full-bodied, and fabulously concentrated, this stunner flirts with perfection. Slightly more evolved than the Quella or Melbury, this wine may be the most drinkable out of the gate of all the Bond offerings in 2012. It should continue to evolve for at least 30+ years.
98 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (2 bottles)
On Sale $849.99
Fabulous floral aromas of currants, flowers, stones and rosemary stem. Purity. Full body with a fabulous backbone of chewy tannins with a gorgeous austerity. Elegance with power. This needs at least three or four more years.
97 Points, James Suckling

2013 Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
On Sale $57.99 (Lowest Price On Winesearcher.com!)
From proprietor Andy Hoxsey, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate displays classic pure cassis and an opaque purple color, in a reserved but exuberant, concentrated, full-bodied style with low acidity and ripe, well-integrated, lush tannins. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.
91 Points, The Wine Advocate