2001 Bond St. Eden Cabernet - Utterly perfect, another wine that seems to have taken on a first-growth Pauillac-like character (think Mouton-Rothschild) is the 2001 St. Eden. With a remarkably perfumed nose of crushed rocks, subtle barbecue smoke, and again, cedar wood intermixed with creme de cassis and blackberry, this wine displays a phenomenally concentrated mouthfeel, full-bodied opulence, voluptuous texture, and of this trio, is certainly the closest to its apogee of full maturity. Nevertheless, it will still benefit from another 5-10 years of cellaring and keep for an additional 25-30. Straightforward floral black currant licorice and tar aromas jump from the glass of the 2001 St. Eden. A Pauillac-like personality filled with creme de cassis cedar pen ink and lead pencil is found in this nearly perfect 2001. Drink it over the next two decades.
The spectacular 2001 St. Eden offers classic tobacco leaf characteristics intermixed with melted licorice tar creme de cassis and hints of cedar as well as minerality in the background. Succulent and intense with extraordinary complexity it tastes like pure cassis liqueur wrapped in new oak. The powerful 60-second finish provides the full monty. This potential legend will be at its finest between 2011-2030. RP