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Bond Melbury 2002

Your Price: $395.00

Producer: Bond
Optimum drinking: 2017-2040
Rating: 100 - Robert Parker
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Winemaker: Bob Levy, Bill Harlan
Appellation: Napa Valley, North Coast, California
Bottle report: Excellent condition overall

The hugely impressive and sought after wines of Bond are the brainchild of Harlan Estate’s Bill Harlan, who has signed the owners of these well-placed vineyards in selected micro-climates in Napa Valley to long (quarter of a century) contracts, all are made by the Harlan Estate winemaking team of Bob Levy and the world famous oenologist Michel Rolland.

These very small, elite properties were selected for their potential and to define the "Grand Crus" of the Napa Valley. There are now five vineyards in operation and the name Melbury is in homage to an historic area in London, where the estate owners reside much of the year.

Since its debut with the 1999 vintage, the consistent hallmarks of Melbury have been plush red fruits (currants, bing cherries), redolent with spice and the scent of violets.

"...showing even better than it did in its youth...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." Robert Parker

"These three Bond wines, the third vintage from entrepreneur and proprietor Bill Harlan, continue to validate his visionary belief in their potential.” Robert Parker

Please note: bottle shown is for illustrative purposes only (not actual bottle for sale).

Bond Melbury 2002