The wines come from individual, hillside vineyards (between seven and 11 acres in size), from Yountville to St Helena. BOND doesn’t own any of the vineyards, however it has total control over the sites – working them with its own team (currently led by Ely McElroy).
While the wines come from single vineyards, the names of the wines are not those of the vineyards, but are proprietary names created by the BOND team.
Melbury is a steep, rocky seven-acre site on the northern slopes of Lake Hennessey, east of Rutherford. Planted in 1991, the vines are between 400 and 500 feet. Clay-rich soils produce round and velvety wines with elegance and expressive aromatics.
Vecina, meaning neighbour in Spanish, is southeast of the BOND winery on the edge of the Mayacamas Mountains, between 221 and 330 feet. The volcanic site produces the slowest evolving of the BOND wines.
St. Eden is the lowest of the BOND sites, an 11-acre vineyard north of the Oakville Cross Road at 145-188 feet. The wine consistently has the highest acidity in the range.
Pluribus is between 1,100 and 1,300 feet on Spring Mountain, surrounded by conifer forest. The resulting wine has intense, mountain tannins but also great freshness, thanks to afternoon shade.
Quella comes from a nine-acre plot on Napa’s eastern hills at 433-595 feet (not far from Joseph Phelps). Planted in 1998, it’s the producer’s lowest yielding vineyard, producing wines of both structure and delicacy.