11 – 750 ml bottles and 1 – magnum as noted – 12 bottles total
Harlan Estate Napa Valley 2004 - RP 98 (1 magnum)
The 2004 Harlan Estate is probably the most precocious and accessible Harlan Estate that this perfectionist team has made. Already compelling, the wine has notes of roasted coffee, charcoal, blackberry, spring flowers and some background sweet, toasty notes. Dense, fleshy, exuberant, even flamboyant by the standards of Bill Harlan, this wine exhibits no jaggedness or rough edges, has relatively high tannins, but they melt away on the palate. The wine is sensationally well-endowed, long and rich – a tour de force in winemaking. They can do no wrong at Harlan, and it is obvious, even in the most challenging vintages such as 1998, that this estate is a true grand cru/first growth, making wines of irrefutable world-class quality. Of course, none of this comes cheap, as the price is now moving up into the league with Screaming Eagle, but there is no shortage of takers.
Colgin IX Estate 2008 - RP 96 (6 – 750 ml bottles)
The opaque purple-hued 2008 IX Proprietary Red, a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and the balance Petit Verdot, reveals notes of espresso roast, blueberries, black currants and lead pencil shavings. The wine reveals superb concentration and richness as well as a structured mouthfeel. It should drink well for 20-30+ years. Proprietor Ann Colgin, her winemaker, Allison Tauziet, and consultant, Dr. Alain Raynaud, must be pleased.
BOND Vecina 2013 – RP 100 (1 – 750 ml bottle)
The perfect 2013 Vecina offers up notes of pen ink, scorched earth, espresso, blackcurrant liqueur and blackberries. It is a fabulously great wine, with supple, well-integrated tannin, decent acidity, and a skyscraper-like mouthfeel, with extraordinary purity and richness. This is an amazing wine to drink over the next 50 years.
BOND Pluribus 2013 – RP 100 (1 – 750 ml bottle)
The 2013 Pluribus is quite rich and structured, with great intensity, loads of blueberry, black raspberry, and blackberry fruit, high tannin and a full-bodied, uncompromising mouthfeel.
BOND St. Eden 2013 – RP 99 (1 – 750 ml bottle)
The 2013 St. Eden is absolutely mind-blowing, with notes of blackcurrant liqueur and licorice as well as hints of Asian soy and lead pencil. Wonderful fruit that hits the palate with a cascade of glycerin, silky but noticeable tannins, and a big, earthy, rich, full-throttle, majestic finish of close to a minute add to this wine’s compelling personality. It should drink well for at least 30-40 years.
BOND Melbury 2013 – RP 98 (1 – 750 ml bottle)
The brilliant 2013 Melbury ratchets up the level of extract, with an opaque purple color, dense blueberry liqueur-like notes along with white flowers, licorice and camphor.
BOND Quella 2013 – RP 97+ (1 – 750 ml bottle)
The 2013 Quella exhibits an opaque purple color like its siblings, dense, concentrated blackberry and blueberry fruit on the nose and palate, lots of body, and hints of forest floor, spring flowers and graphite. It is a great one.
This lot is presented n memory of Calvert Tyler Lester and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Eastern Virginia Medical School.