2009 Bond - Melbury 750ml

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2009 Bond - Melbury
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International Wine Cellar | 94

Good deep ruby-red. Cool, minerally nose is rather subdued today. Quite backward and unforthcoming, but already showing the sweetness of the vintage. Lovely delicacy of texture here, but not yet showing this bottling's typical early perfume. Most impressive today on the rising, youthful, very pure back end.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Advocate | 94

The estate's 2009 Proprietary Blend Melbury presents an intriguing combination of pure sensuality in its aromas and flavors, but backed up by serious tannins. Dark raspberry jam, flowers, sweet spices and crushed rocks all come to life in this deeply expressive, resonant wine. Sweet floral notes reappear on the finish, adding lift and perfume. In 2009, the Melbury is dazzling. It is also one of the more delicate wines in the lineup Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.

Drink Dates: 2017-2029
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 204

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Wine Spectator | 93

Firmly tannic, with gutsy earth-laced tannins and a generous mix of red and black licorice notes. Builds momentum and fans out on the finish, where this reveals more nuances of detailed flavor.

Drink Dates: 2014-2023
Author: James Laube


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More Vintages and Sizes of Bond - Melbury:

2008 (1.5L)
2005 (1.5L)
2005 (750ml)
2003 (1.5L)
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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