First revealed through the inaugural vintage of 1997, BOND is the brainchild of Bill Harlan, a legendary California vintner and true visionary. The BOND winery was constructed in time for the 2000 harvest, with the three vintages before vinified at the famous Harlan Estates. The BOND portfolio is comprised of 5 single-vineyard, single-variety Cabernet Sauvignon wines, each offering a unique personality borrowed from its Napa Valley terroir. The Melbury 2013 by BOND is a wine made exclusively with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the 7-acre Melbury vineyard, first planted in 1991. The south-southeast facing vines are planted on a hillside between altitudes of 400 and 500 feet above sea level, in predominantly clay soils. The wines from this site have become known for their elegance, charm and liveliness on the palate, along with signature aromas of plush red fruits and violets.
The Melbury 2013 by BOND Estates displays an opaque purple color in the glass. On the nose, aromas of red fruits (cherries and currants) and flowers (violets and lilacs) are lifted by spicy touches of licorice. On the palate, the wine shows off a great elegance and supple texture. Full-bodied, with a remarkable richness, it reveals itself to be very concentrated and multidimensional, with very fine tannins and a fantastic length. A Napa Valley Cabernet that impresses with its great depth and structure, which should at least be aged for another 7-10 years.