2003 Bond - Melbury 750ml

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2003 Bond - Melbury
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($230) Deep ruby-red. Exotic aromas of black raspberry, mocha and caramel. Sweet, lush flavors of cherry and menthol. Wonderfully pliant and fleshy for a 2003. Finishes firmly tannic and long, with compelling sweetness.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 97

The 2003 Melbury comes from a slopeside site on the northern side of Lake Hennessey, opposite the Rutherford valley floor. Winemaker Bob Levy compares the 2003 to the 2006 because of the wet winter and spring and the summer's heat spikes. A brilliant effort from sedimentary soil with rocks over compacted clay, it is a gorgeous wine offering raspberry, black currant, spring flower and blueberry characteristics along with a dense purple color, a full-bodied, multilayered mouthfeel and sweet tannin. This stunningly rich hillside Cabernet Sauvignon should reach full maturity in 4-5 years and keep for 15-20 years thereafter.

Drink Dates: 2017-2037
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 207

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Wine Spectator | 90

Rich and concentrated, with tiers of currant, blackberry and black cherry that run deep and pure, gaining momentum midpalate and ending with a strong, intense, focused finish. Shows a trace of heat, but delivers lots of enticing flavors. 700 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2013
Author: James Laube


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Score: 97
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Young
Score: 94
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 06/07/2012
Drink Dates:
Score: 94
Author: Lellman2
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 09/04/2011
Decanted for 2.5 hours. Tons of Coffee and Licorice. Long very well rounded finish. Smooth tannins. Well balanced wine. Some hints of blueberry.
Score: 93
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/09/2011
Score: 93
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/05/2009
More Vintages and Sizes of Bond - Melbury:

2008 (1.5L)
2005 (1.5L)
2005 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)

About This Producer


In his ongoing quest to produce world class wine in the tradition of 1st Growth Bordeaux, Bill Harlan - of Harlan Estate fame - started Bond to create single vineyard wines from sources meeting his high growing standards. Winemaker Robert Levy produces five vineyard designate wines: Melbury, St. Eden, Vecina, Pluribus and Quella, as well as a blend called The Matriarch. Levy's goal is for each wine to take on the unique expression of its vineyard site and Bill Harlan's ultimate plan is to produce wines from a total of 6 unique vineyards. The wines are known for their lush, deeply concentrated flavors, and their elegance and finesse, which Bill and Robert feel define them as the "Grand Crus" of Napa. Fewer than 1,500 cases of the Matriarch, and between 400 and 700 cases of the vineyard designates are produced annually.

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See other similar producers: Harlan Estate, Sloan Estate, Colgin Cellars

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