2010 Bond "Melbury" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L)
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. 98+ (RP)
The 2010 Melbury is rich, explosive and just as captivating as it was from barrel. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, sweet spices and leather explode from the glass in a rich full-bodied wine loaded with intensity, class and pedigree. This is a great 2010 and a great Melbury. The tannins are quite firm, but there is more than enough fruit to provide balance.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red-ruby. Subdued but very pure aromas of raspberry, currant and minerals. The suave middle palate boasts a noble texture and lovely subtle perfume that I did not find in the 2009 shortly after the bottling. Most impressive today on the mounting, expanding finish, which shows compelling sweetness and serious broad tannins. I'd lock this one away for at least another five or six years. 95(+?) points.
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. 350 cases made.