Robert M. Parker, Jr.
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.
The 2012 St. Eden brings together some of the sensuality of the Melbury with the broader shoulders and overall structure of the Quella, but with its own inimitable personality. Rich, layered and beautifully explosive, the 2012 is absolutely striking. Hints of rose petal, mint, sweet spices and pine add considerable nuance.
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