(2008 Vintage) The 2008 Melbury flows across the palate with layers of dark sensual fruit spices licorice leather and tobacco. Clean veins of minerality frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. Floral notes add an element of brightness on the close.
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!
International Wine CellarRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 108, May/June 2003. ($150; bottled in January of 2003) Good saturated ruby. Black raspberry, black cherry and sexy, spicy oak on the nose. Very ripe but a bit less porty than the '99, with supple, sweet flavors of dusty currant, leather and minerals. A more elegantly styled if less dense wine, but still full, broad and rich, finishing with ripe, smooth tannins.
Wine AdvocateRating: (91-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02