2002 Bond - Melbury 750ml

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WA 100   IWC 96   WS 94   Collector 98
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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

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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: Issue 120

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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

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 100
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Rating: 100
Author: dav
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 01/23/2015
wow! what's not to like? just wonderful.

Rating: 99
Author: Lellman2
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 09/29/2012
Fantastic Wine as always. Big, Long Finish, Many layers, Perfect balance, One of the best

Rating: 98
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/15/2011
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.

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Rating: 94
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/20/2009

Average rating: 97, based on 8 reviews
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916 bottles owned by 453 collectors.

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About This Producer

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

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