(From 2011 Vintage) 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 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 wine had a inky black color with long and staining tears. On the nose you got black raspberries, cooked plums and dried fig. There were also hints of dill and red bell pepper. The wine had a little hint of rose petal or potpourri. The taste was deep dark fruit with medium acid and medium alcohol. It had a long, complex and memorable finish. Often wines at this price point over promise and under deliver. This was not one of those cases. Even in a challenging vintage like 2000, it exceeded expectations!
Wine AdvocateRating: (91-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02