2005 Bond - Melbury

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 92 JS
  • Variety
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SKU: 73531-2005-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($275) Very sexy nose combines black raspberry, graphite, melted tar and smoke, plus a whiff of sweet butter. Lush, fleshy and sweet, with perfectly integrated, ripe acidity framing and lifting the middle palate. As bright as this is, the 2005 vintage has also brought uncommon breadth and sweetness.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    A very pleasant surprise, the 2005 Melbury is also the first wine in this tasting that shows the onset of aromatic notes that are leading into the tertiary realm. Even so, the 2005 possesses superb depth and terrific resonance in all of its dimensions. I expect the 2005 will drink well for another 10-15 years given its palate weight.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 92

    Notes of mint, plum, currants, and berries. Full bodied, with fine tannins and a sweet tobacco and ripe fruit finish. Pop the cork on this one. 14+22+23+33. Find the wine
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Melbury, which comes from the hills east of Rutherford just north of Lake Hennessey and Pritchard Hill, is absolutely spectacular. This is a 7-acre parcel, planted in sedimentary and clay soils on steep slopes. Deep purple, with blueberry, black raspberry and graphite notes, a gracious and generous, full-bodied mouthfeel, soft, but noticeable tannin, a refreshing finish and loads of complexity, this is a compelling 2005 that seems to be coming close to its plateau of maturity, where it should last for 20-25 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Well-centered, showing ripe, spicy plum, black cherry and currant flavors, with firm, integrated tannins and good length, tightening up on the finish.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Early
    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Still young and muscular. Great fruit and intensity but lacks complexity of flavor profile.
    Author: Johnnymd
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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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

  • 738 bottles owned
  • 278 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 278 collectors)