Bond Melbury 2011
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
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. Elegance and a supple texture define the structure of this wine. The particular exposition of this rocky 7-acre hillside vineyard is southerly overlooking Lake Hennessey, allowing the vines to capture the morning sun yet moderating afternoon temperatures.
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. Drink it now and over the next 10-15 years.
This is nicely balanced, showing vivid raspberry and blueberry flavors framed by snappy, mineral-laced tannins that steer the finish toward dryness. Drink now through 2022. 549 cases made.