2003 Bond Melbury, Napa Valley [RP-97pts]


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Tasting Notes:

97 points Wine Advocate

The 2003 Melbury comes from a slopeside site on the northern side of Lake Hennessey, opposite the Rutherford valley floor. Winemaker Bob Levy compares the 2003 to the 2006 because of the wet winter and spring and the summer’s heat spikes. A brilliant effort from sedimentary soil with rocks over compacted clay, it is a gorgeous wine offering raspberry, black currant, spring flower and blueberry characteristics along with a dense purple color, a full-bodied, multilayered mouthfeel and sweet tannin. This stunningly rich hillside Cabernet Sauvignon should reach full maturity in 4-5 years and keep for 15-20 years thereafter. (RP)  (6/2013)

94 points Vinous

The 2003 is one of the most enjoyable Melburys for drinking today. Fat, rich and unctuous on the palate, the 2003 retains surprising textural layers to play off the nuanced, complex aromatics. Mocha, truffle, spice and leather shape the exotic finish. (AG)  (3/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Fairly high in alcohol, this sumptuous red wine is almost sweet in fudgy, macaroon, cherry pie filling and chocolate truffle flavors, with a candied opulence all the way through. Yet it’s dry. The 100% new oak adds to the caramelly, meringue taste. Elegant and voluptuous, it’s an unabashed beauty, firmly in the Harlan style.  (2/2007)

Bottle Size:

750 mL

Storage History:

Stored on its side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.


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