2004 Bond - Melbury 1.5L

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2004 Bond - Melbury
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

($240) Good ruby-red. Black raspberry, mocha and smoky oak on the confectionery nose. Quite sweet in the mouth but youthfully tight today, with red fruit and licorice flavors dominating. This has a rather Graves-like mouthfeel. Here the tannins come across as more obvious and less fine than those of the 2005 example.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 96

The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Melbury comes from Pritchard Hill and is aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. (About 600-700 cases of each of these wines are produced.) The 2004 Melbury is showing even better than it was early on. It is very open-knit for a Bond wine at age ten and that's a good thing, since we all want to drink these wines in our lifetime. This comes across as a Napa version of the famed Pauillac Pontet-Canet, with terrific licorice, cedarwood, blackberry, creme de cassis, toast, spice box and lead pencil notes in the aromatics and flavors of this drinkable, full-bodied, opulent wine that is strutting its stuff splendidly. It should drink well for another 15 or more years given its sensational richness and overall equilibrium.

Drink Dates: 2014-2029
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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Wine Spectator | 97

Fresh black cherry, currant and plum aromas are pure and riveting. Firm, rich and polished, with hints of nutmeg, rose petal and wild berry that are deep and complex. Intense, focused and concentrated, this is beautifully balanced, deep and persistent, with ripe, integrated tannins. 573 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2018
Author: James Laube


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Score: 96
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Early
Score: 94
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/18/2010
Score: 96
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)
2003 (1.5L)
2003 (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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