2010 Bond "Melbury" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L)

SKU #1160322 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a higher site in the Pritchard Hill area, the 2010 Melbury appears to be prodigious, but is currently extremely backward. My notes indicate it should be forgotten for 7-10 years. With coaxing, this structured 2010 offers up aromas of blueberry liqueur, black currants, charcoal and spring flowers. It possesses gorgeous purity and remarkable incremental richness, but it is quite brooding and backward. Everything it needs for a great future is present, but patience will definitely be required. (RP) 98+  (10/2013)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full medium ruby, the darkest vintage to this point in the tasting. Knockout nose offers deep, ripe scents of black plum, kirsch, black raspberry liqueur and smoked meat lifted by violet and rose petal notes. Wonderfully fine-grained, ripe and deep; an incredibly plush, broad, elegant wine with lovely energy and breadth to its dark berry, spice and mineral flavors. Impeccably balanced Cabernet with melting caramel tannins that fade into the wine's intense dark fruit flavors on the palate-staining, extremely long finish. A knockout. It would be a shame to drink this wine now but it's not a bit hard today. (ST)  (6/2017)

97 points Vinous

 Exotic, ripe and yet also quite structured, the 2010 Melbury is a picture-perfect example of a vintage that was mostly cool, until late season heat spikes pushed the fruit through to full ripeness. The aromatics are starting to show some signs of development, but the tannins need time to soften. This is an especially flamboyant edition of Melbury. Today, the 2010 is a stunner. (AG)  (11/2017)

95 points James Suckling

 This starts off slowly and moves quickly to the back palate. Blackberry and raspberry character with hints of forest mushroom. Full body with chewy tannins at the finish. Extremely polished.  (5/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a dense tannic backbone, making this a well-built, firm and structured infant that shows both depth and restraint, gaining richness and dimension on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2028. (JL)  (10/2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.