1999 BOND Melbury

  • 94 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 73531-1999-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Bold, ripe and solid, with chunky, chewy plum, black cherry, anise, mineral and sage. Full-bodied, with firm, chewy tannins but also a push of ripe fruit flavors on the finish.'1999 California Cabernet blind retrospective (2009). Drink now through 2014. 225 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($150; 100% cabernet sauvignon, from a vineyard near Lake Hennessey, across from Bryant Family Vineyard) Red-ruby. Superripe aromas of black plum, truffle and game, with an herbal complexity. Sweet and concentrated but tightly wound, with lovely harmonious acidity giving the rather imploded roast plum and hot rock flavors a juicy quality. Finishes with very suave tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    A tremendous Cabernet. Dark, rich and voluptuous, with layers of supple blackberry, plum, currant and spice. Fairly coats the palate with ripe, rich tannins, offering hints of cedar, olive and herb. 225 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Rating: 88

    The 1999 Melbury is a shock to the palate and the senses, as it tastes like it was made by another winery with a totally different philosophy. Burly, gamy and close to mature, the 1999 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating:

    very nice
    Author: Mike
  • Self | Rating: 93

    What a big, beautiful wine!! Lush and fruity on the palate. Still had some tannins that would benefit from some more time laying down. Drank this over the course of the night and it only got better with time!!! Drink now or leave it be for a few more years.
    Author: ChrisMus
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.

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

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 199 bottles owned
  • 127 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 127 collectors)