MELBURY originates from a spectacular property on the slopes north of Lake Hennessey, in the hills east of Rutherford.
The name Melbury is in homage to a 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.
SOIL: Ancient sedimentary soil with compressed clay. Eastern and Southeastern Exposure.
ELEVATION: 348-522 feet
Bond Melbury Napa Valley 2018
The season began much later than the other crus with bud break occurring in the last week of April. Due to timely spring rain, the unique clay that overlays this hillside vineyard allowed the vines to flourish. The fruit set was small, given the nature of the vintage. Harvest was finished in one week during mid-October.
The spherical entry releases an impetuous energy that flirts with the edges. The wine gently settles into its normal position with the depth and charm that are so ubiquitous among the vintages from this cru. A feeling of joy sits beneath the surface of an enveloping and generous finish.