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2013 BOND Melbury

abv 14.5%
  • 97 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 97 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 73531-2013

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Chunky and chewy, with extracted, earth-laced currant and dark berry flavors accented with cedar, tobacco and underbrush notes. The dry, tannic profile leaves you hoping for more charm.
    Author: James Laube
  • Vinous | Rating: 97

    Incisive and finely sketched, the 2013 Melbury is super-nuanced throughout. Dark red stone fruits, violets and mint are laced together in a wine that impresses with its finesse, energy and delineation. There is a refreshing quality to the 2013 that simply adds to its alluring personality. With time in the glass, the wine's more powerful side begins to emerge
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Saturated red-ruby. Sexy floral lift to the pure, highly nuanced aromas of cherry, redcurrant, plum and tobacco, with complicating notes of leather and earth. Plush and fine-grained; elegantly styled but with an intriguing element of wildness and a lightly medicinal aspect. Higher-pitched in the mouth than the 2014 and yet there's an element of silkiness here that reminded me of Merlot. Finishes with substantial dusty, building tannins but thorough ripeness. At once powerful and elegant, this compelling midweight finishes with substantial dusty, building tannins and an impression of perfect ripeness.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
  • | Rating: 97

    So much subtle black currant character with hints of roses and lilacs. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and fabulous length. It goes on for minutes. Wonderful to drink from the beginning but better in 2019.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The brilliant 2013 Melbury ratchets up the level of extract, with an opaque purple color, dense blueberry liqueur-like notes along with white flowers, licorice, and camphor followed by a full-bodied, incredibly seamless, concentrated, multidimensional wine. With its amazing depth and richness, while accessible now, it probably won't hit its stride for another 5-7 years and last 30-35.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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

    • 157 bottles owned
    • 73 collectors