2011 Bond "Melbury" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1200635 95 points Vinous

 In this tasting, the 2011 Melbury doesn’t show the volume or structure of some of the more important vintages, but it has plenty of acidity to drink well for many years. Given the challenges of the vintage, the flavor profile is naturally a bit more savory than is the norm, while the palate-feel is a touch narrow. Even so, it is pretty clear the 2011 will have its day at some point in the future. Today, it is best cellared for at least another few years. 95+ points. (AG)  (11/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 A wine with dried mushrooms and chewy, polished tannins. Full body with chocolate, walnuts and a juicy finish. Needs time to soften: better in 2016.  (5/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The medium to full-bodied 2011 Melbury Proprietary Red Blend exhibits lots of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, sweet tannin, an evolved, open-knit, friendly style, good purity and a long finish. (RP)  (10/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Aromas of boysenberry, currant, pepper, licorice and nutty oak, plus a cool hint of shoe polish. Fine-grained but quite dry and backward, with its dark plum, mint and licorice flavors showing a slightly herbal quality. This is tough going today and in need of substantial aging to soften and expand. Not hugely ripe or complex but the wine's juiciness and mineral support suggest that it will age gracefully. Right now it's a bit tart on the back end. 92+ points. (ST, for Vinous.com)  (6/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark purplish crimson. Lots of both sweetness and energy on the nose. Round and luscious without being at all sickly or hot. Very well balanced. Bitter cherries. Lively. 17.5/20 points. (JR)  (2/2015)

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