St Eden 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 (it slid down from Pritchard Hill) and has deep fractures. St Eden is based upon an 11-acre rocky knoll with gentle north-facing slopes that offer reprieve from afternoon heat. It is the least steep of the Bond vineyards. St Eden is the lowest of the Bond sites, at an elevation ranging from 145 to 188 feet. Deeper, richer, much more heft and power on the palate and nose. Intense, savoury, menthol notes. Sweet fruit which is pure and bright. Quite plush and generous, rather more so than some of it’s more reserved brethren here. Impressive though. (AWH)
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2032
The 2018 St. Eden is impressive. Dense and powerful in the glass, the 2018 is done in a style that emphasizes freshness and vibrancy, reflecting a generational transition in all of these wines that is most apparent here. Dark fruit, licorice, mocha, spice and chocolate begin to emerge with time, but the St. Eden is much less forthcoming than in the past. In fact, the 2018 might very well be the most reticent St. Eden I have ever tasted. That energy will serve it well in the cellar. Readers accustomed to the voluptuous, lush St. Edens of the past will not find that in the 2018. As much as the style has changed in this wine, I am not surprised to see that. A complete vertical of the Bond wines a few years ago showed the St. Eden to have the most condensed arc of peak drinkability of the Bond wines.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2036