2007 Bond - Melbury

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 97 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 95 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 73531-2007-750-3A
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    Another highly expressive wine, the 2007 Melbury is a pure joy to taste. Sweet tobacco, herbs, dried flowers, menthol and licorice add aromatic intrigue. There is a good bit of complexity and raciness in the glass. Even so, the 2007 could use a bit more time for the tannins to soften. I imagine the 2007 well drink well for another decade or more.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Firm, intense and vibrant, with dense, vivid wild berry, raspberry and blackberry fruit that'A?A?s ripe, tight and framed by toasty, cedary oak flavors. Full-bodied, ending with chewy tannins, this needs both time and aeration. The most reserved of the Bond wines.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    Out of bottle, the 2007 Melbury is even more impressive than it was from barrel. Aromas of cedarwood, barbecue spice, licorice, spring flowers, black currants and sweet kirsch jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine. A full-bodied texture, wonderful opulence, sweet velvety tannins and an extraordinary integration of all its component parts make for a prodigious Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 25-30+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • James Suckling | Rating: 95

    Wonderful aromas of sage, mint, dark berries, and carroway. Full bodied, with layers of dark berries and dark chocolate that lead up to an intense finish. They don't make wines like this anymore. Powerful and nostalgic. Let this sleep for another 6 years. Start pulling the cork in 2016.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Bright red-ruby. Very ripe, inviting aromas of plum, tobacco and caramel oak. Wonderfully sweet and deep on the palate, with red and darker berry and plum flavors complicated by spice and mineral elements. Surprising harmonious acidity gives this very rich, large-scaled wine lovely definition and inner-mouth perfume. Finishes with a serious dusting of ripe tannins and superb resounding length. This wine was actually rather tightly coiled when I first tasted it from bottle but even though it boasts terrific reserve for aging, its insidiously suave texture makes it thrilling to taste today.
  • Self | Rating: 87

    Disappointing. Flavors were muted, without the vibrant fruit I expect from an 07 Napa Cab
    Author: Jeffrey M989
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

  • 281 bottles owned
  • 135 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 87
    (Out of 135 collectors)