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94+ Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Good deep red-ruby. Brooding aromas of black cherry, minerals, crushed stone and menthol. Thick on entry, then bracing and closed in the middle, conveying an impression of brisk energy to its black fruit, licorice, floral and mineral flavors. The wine's substantial tannic clout calls for extended cellaring. Incidentally, I had the pleasure of retasting the superb 2007 offerings from Bond, and found myself scoring most of them even higher than I did in Issue 150--not surprising as I generally taste the new Bond vintages just a month after they've been bottled. Here are scores for my most recent 2007 bottles: Melbury: 95; Quella: 93(+?); St. Eden: 95(+?); Vecina: 96; Pluribus: 95(+?).