BOND's 2013 Matriarch is a rich, powerful wine, the 2013 Matriarch captures all of the intensity of the vintage. Even with all of its up-front fruit, the 2013 is going to need at least a few years for the tannins to soften. Vibrant red cherry, purplish fruit, wild flowers and spice notes infuse the super-expressive finish. This is a fabulous second wine. The flavors are deep, vivid and striking. None of the BOND wines can be called a value, but in 2013 the Matriarch is especially fine.
Robert Parker 95P
The 2013 Matriarch, which may well be the finest Matriarch made to date, could easily stand on its own as a single-vineyard offering. Made from the odds and ends of the single-vineyard wines, nevertheless this is pretty great wine, and I joked with the winemaking team that maybe their selection process was too draconian. Dense purple, with notes of mulberry, blackberry, chocolate, cocoa and espresso, the wine is dense, full-bodied, opulent, and a total hedonistic turn-on. Drink it over the next 20-25 years.
The five separate single vineyards that Bill Harlan has under long-term contract continue to perform at first growth quality levels. They generate between 500 and 600 cases of these single-vineyard wines that all represent distinctive and separate micro-climates of Napa Valley. The culled out barrels that don’t make the cut are blended together for a wine called Matriarch, which in itself is a terrific offering. Last year I touted the brilliance and drama of the 2012s, which are strikingly beautiful, and the otherworldly 2013s, but now we have the fruit-forward and luscious 2014s, and although I didn’t taste them, I suspect the 2015s will reach a new qualitative pinnacle for this extraordinary visionary project of Bill Harlan and his winemaking team, led by Bob Levy.