2002 BOND Melbury

  • 100 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • Variety
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SKU: 73531-2002-750-3A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    ($175) Deep medium ruby. Subdued but pure aromas of dark fruits and licorice. Sweet, stylish and pure, with a suave, fine-grained texture and subtle flavors of currant, raspberry, iron, tobacco and minerals. Lush and perfectly balanced; a bit less roasted in character than the superb 2001, which I again rated 94 points in early March. Finishes with outstanding, mounting persistence. Showing spectacularly right now. Combines great sweetness and richness with uncanny finesse and purity of flavor. In theory at least, this is the most elegant wine in the Bond stable. The pH of this wine is typically around 4.0, or a bit higher than the St. Eden and Vecina.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Firm, pure, rich and concentrated, dense and youthful, this delivers blackberry, wild berry, olive, currant, mocha and black licorice flavors, ending with che
    Drink Dates: 2012-2022
    Author: James Laube
    Issue: Web Only - 2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Melbury, which comes from a hillside vineyard site near Lake Hennessey, is showing even better than it did in its youth. Probably years away from full maturity, the wine has an extraordinary aromatic profile of smoky meats intermixed with blackberry, creme de cassis, charcoal, lead pencil shavings and espresso. Dense, opulent and full-bodied, with terrific fruit, this is a showcase style of vintage for a wine of such great ripeness and massive intensity. This extraordinary effort displays oodles of glycerin and fabulous purity, while the oak has been completely absorbed. The cooler hillside climate of blue fruits and spring flowers is also present as the wine aerates in the glass. This wine has at least another 15-30 years of potential ahead of it.
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 201
  • Vinous | Rating: 94

    A stellar wine, the 2002 Melbury is super-expressive today. Rich, ample and inviting, the 2002 is endowed with soft contours, radiant, rich fruit and fabulous balance. Mocha, smoke, leather, red stone fruit and sweet spices build into the resonant, deeply satisfying finish. The 2002 is one of the more overtly ripe, forward wines in the first flight of this tasting.
    Drink Dates: 2017 - 2027
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: Nov 2017
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Fantastic Wine as always. Big, Long Finish, Many layers, Perfect balance, One of the best
    Author: Lellman2
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Just an amazing wine. The nose alone is huge and engulfs you as it spills out of the glass and fills the room. The mouthfeel is plush but not at all flabby and it has layer after layer of flavors stacked on top of each other. I don't know if wine can get any better than this.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 5

    wow! what's not to like? just wonderful.
    Author: dav
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 764 bottles owned
  • 288 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 288 collectors)