The name Melbury is in homage to an historic area in London, where the estate owners reside much of the year.
Since its debut with the 1999 vintage, the consistent hallmarks of Melbury have been plush red fruits (currants, bing cherries), redolent with spice and the scent of violets. Bond Melbury is a wine made to age. Elegant and smooth in texture, it is best enjoyed after 5-7 years and will even age well for the next 30-35 years.
Colour: Deep red
Nose: The nose pops from the glass with no effort. Smoke, licorice, wild cherries, vanilla, wild cherries, wet forest and mushroom notes demand your attention. A touch of cardamom and hints of red fruit rouse an otherwise brooding nose.
Palate: While the classic velvety texture is present, there is a gentle resistance on the tannins—a palpable reminder of the clay rich soils of this site. The wine is rich, lush, supple, and full-bodied. The intensity here is matched with length, freshness and an ending that does not want to quit!
Grape Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Awards: 97pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Bond Estate
The Bond Estate winery was founded in 1999 by H. William Harlan on a spectacular property located on the northern slopes of Lake Hennessey, California. With a portfolio of wines from five different locations, Harlan and his team of winemakers showcase the true expression of the Napa Valley ‘Grand Cru’. These wines are much appreciated for their charming and lively elegance.
The name BOND is a surname on Mr. Harlan’s mother’s side of the family. Additionally, it also came to represent the common bond, or covenant, to produce the best expression of the land. Sourced from select hillside estates, the Cabernet Sauvignon wines of BOND vividly demonstrate the range of Napa Valley’s finest terroirs.
From the more than eighty vineyards we have worked with over the past quarter century, we have slowly and vigilantly selected five sites. By way of this valuable experience, we had the opportunity to identify select properties that we felt had the potential to define the ‘Grand Crus’ of Napa Valley. These small hillside Cabernet vineyards, ranging in size from 7 to 11 acres, became the basis for the wines of BOND.