Robert Parker 95
St. Eden comes from a red, rocky, iron-rich vineyard site located just north of the Oakville Crossroad in the Vaca Mountains. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 St. Eden is a little broody, opening out with much coaxing to notes of crushed black cherries, cassis and tilled soil with hints of red currants, fruitcake and dusty soil. The opulent, full-bodied, soft-textured palate delivers bags of spicy black fruit preserves flavors, backed-up by loads of freshness, finishing long and exotic.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2047
Eden is a historical reference to this region’s designation on 19th-century maps. St Eden is based on an 11-acre rocky knoll that is part of a beautiful estate located just north of the Oakville Crossroad on the east side. The red rocky, iron-rich, volcanic soil of this north-facing site originates from high in the Vaca Mountains and slid down from Pritchard Hill. The deep fractures of the rock and north-facing aspect make it unique, although it’s the least steep of the Bond vineyards and is the lowest of the Bond sites at an elevation ranging from 145 to 188 feet. Initially it smelt a bit like hot chocolate. Then it turned chewy and a little diffuse without full seamless fruit on the mid palate. Not for me. But it’s certainly rich.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2032