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Bond Melbury 2016

Your Price: $625.00

Producer: Bond
Optimum drinking: 2021-2050
Rating: 98 - Vinous
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Bob Levy, Cory Empting
Appellation: Napa Valley, North Coast, California
Bottle report: Excellent condition overall

Bond’s The Melbury 2016 is known for its elegance and aromatic expression, due, in part, to its location at altitude on the slopes of Lake Hennessy.

The hugely impressive and highly sought after wines of Bond are the brainchild of Harlan Estate’s Bill Harlan. Bill’s philosophy since the 1990s has been to engage with the owners of exceptional small-scale vineyards selected micro-climates in Napa Valley with a shared vision of Bond’s high quality ethos, to showcase, the potential, the diversity and character of the various sites in their artisanal wines. These very small, elite properties are like the ‘Grand Crus’ of the Napa Valley. Over the years the wines have risen in prowess, are critically acclaimed and proved to be some of the best Cabernets now available in the world.

There are now five vineyards in operation and The Melbury is named after the area in London where the owners sometimes reside, and its first vintage was in 1999.

“…powerful and yet medium in body, with layers of exotic spice, dark red cherry, blood orange, leather, licorice and star anise that give it an exotic character I don't remember seeing in the past. Despite its mid-weight profile, the Melbury has plenty of supporting structure. Over the last year, the Melbury has gained a bit of weight, but remains quite focused. This is an impressive showing.” Vinous

“…a beautifully elegant and vivacious signature in 2016, which clearly reveals the personality that this incredible site tends to want to give. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Melbury comes bounding out of the glass with expressive black and red currants notes followed by wild blueberries, warm plums, pencil shavings and wild sage plus wafts of lavender and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is practically electric with energetic fruit, framed by firm, grainy tannins and invigorating freshness, finishing long and minerally.”

“…all of these offerings represent world-class Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa meant to endure 30 or more years of cellaring should one have the patience to wait that long.” Robert Parker

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

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