2011 Bond "Melbury" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Bond's 2011 Melbury is bright, focused and super-expressive. Rose petal, sweet red berries, mint and spices are all laced together in a totally effortless, gracious wine. The flavors are vibrant and striking in their purity, but it is the wine's harmony and round, spherical balance that stand out most. Silky and finessed to the core, the Melbury is the most delicate of the 2011s from BOND. Precise, lifted aromatics round out the finish. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG)
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Black ruby-red. Ripe aromas of black raspberry, truffle and licorice. Sweet and silky in the middle but at the same time juicy and minerally, showing broad, suave flavors of black plum, coffee and mocha. Tannins start a little edgy but smooth out in the glass. Not yet hugely complex but then the 2011 Bond wines went into bottle just a few weeks prior to my March visit. Production of these wines was very low in 2011 owing to strict selection, and alcohol levels are in the range of 14.1% to 14.4%, or a bit lower than in recent years. (ST)
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)
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.
This is nicely balanced, showing vivid raspberry and blueberry flavors framed by snappy, mineral-laced tannins that steer the finish toward dryness. (JL)