Bond, Melbury 2018 Napa Valley

17.5

The name Melbury is in homage to an historic area in London, where the estate owners reside much of the year. Melbury originates from a spectacular property on the slopes north of Lake Hennessey, in the hills east of Rutherford. At just under 7 acres it is the smallest of the Bond sites. The soil is comprised of clay and humus (organic material that forms in soil when plant matter decays). Hillside clay offers advantages of retaining moisture during dry vintages, while providing appropriate drainage during wet vintages. The particular exposure of this steep, rocky hillside vineyard is south/south-east, overlooking Lake Hennessey, allowing the vines to capture the morning sun yet moderating afternoon temperatures. It is one of the first hillside vineyards in Napa Valley developed with vertical rather than horizontal row orientation. The Melbury vineyard is at an elevation of between 400 and 500 feet.
Finesse and focus, combined with purity of fruit, florality. A very intellectual wine. There is refinement and life here. Leafy, great tannins, subtle oak. Fresh, precise and truly elegant. (AWH)

Producer
Bond
Cuvée
Melbury
Appellation
Napa Valley
Region
Country
Colour
Red
Alcohol
14.5%
Score
17.5
When to drink
2023
2032
Published on
15 Apr 2022
Date tasted
Reviewer
Stockist
Imported into the UK by Thorman Hunt