Vecina

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VECINA is coined from the Spanish word for neighbor. This is our endeavor with the property situated directly southeast of the BOND winery.

Vecina Label

The beautifully terraced volcanic soil slopes of this property reside in Oakville's western foothills. The 11-acre site faces due east and is the recipient of cool morning sun. Vecina, which appeared with the 1999 vintage in the inaugural BOND release, is always powerful, intense and savory. Vecina's other hallmarks are blackberry fruit, with wild forest floor and mineral associated overtones.

SOIL: Bedrock overlain with fine grained alluvial wash. Eastern Exposure.

ELEVATION: 221-330 feet


Accolades

2013

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Another blockbuster, massive, tannic, earthy, almost Graves-like style of wine is the full-bodied, muscular and dense 2013 Vecina Proprietary Red Wine. This wine has an opaque purple color and notes of pen ink, charcoal, creosote, truffle, scorched earth, and lots of black and blue fruits. It is a magnificent wine, but one that will test owners’ patience for the next 5-7 years. It is a 50-year wine, for sure.

(98-100) Points

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (October 2015)

2012

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2012 Vecina Proprietary Red is the perfect Napa version of a hypothetical blend of a La Mission Haut-Brion and Mouton-Rothschild. This is riveting Cabernet Sauvignon with great intensity, a killer fragrance of burning embers, charcoal, gravel, blackberry, cassis and earth. Fabulously intense and full-bodied, with majestic flavor intensity, a skyscraper-like mouthfeel, incredible purity and length, and supple tannins, this magnificent wine comes closest to the great Harlan Estate itself. Drink it over the next 35 years.

100 Points

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate (October 2015)

2011

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One of the more voluptuous, ample wines in this series, the 2011 Vecina is endowed with a real sense of class. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, new leather and licorice blossom in a surprisingly rich, powerful wine for the year. This super-expressive, resonant Cabernet Sauvignon hits all the right notes. Hints of sweet tobacco, licorice and menthol add the final notes of complexity. 

95 Points

Antonio Galloni, vinous (December 2014)

2010

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The 2010 Vecina is the most explosive wine in this range. At the same time, though, the 2010 is incredibly closed down. Iron, smoke, tobacco and new leather add complexity to a core of seriously intense dark red fruit. Rich, powerful and totally beguiling, the 2010 shows off massive depth and pure power. Readers will have to be patient. Vecina emerges from a single parcel within Vine Hill Ranch, one of the top sites in Oakville. The Vecina is a bit reticent today compared to last year. I don't exclude the possibility that it reaches the sublime level of the St. Eden.

99 Points

Antonio Galloni, vinous (November 2013)

2009

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BOND’s 2009 Proprietary Blend Vecina, from Vine Hill Ranch, is fascinating to taste after the St. Eden. While the St. Eden is round and sensual, the Vecina is all about linear power and structure. Endowed with tremendous length and persistence, the Vecina presents endless layers of dark fruit and expressive aromatics supported by considerable tension and energy. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034. 

98+ Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2012)

2008

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Good full ruby. Highly aromatic nose combines dark fruits, dried herbs, violet and forest floor spices. Explosively sweet and deep, with a spicy core of dark fruit flavors that fans out on the back half to saturate the palate. Finishes with strong but lush tannins and captivating violet lift. Remarkably horizontal for a cabernet-based wine from this vintage.

96 Points

Steven Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (May/June 2011)

2007

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A perfect wine, the 2007 Vecina provides a prodigious display of blackberries, charcoal, black currants, burning embers and a La Mission-Haut-Brion-like hot rock/gravelly character. The most tannic as well as most concentrated and layered of the 2007s, this is a long-term, but utterly brilliant wine. In many ways it reminds me of the Harlan Estate itself given its prodigious build and potential for extended longevity. It merits 4-5 years of bottle age and should drink well for three decades thereafter.

100 Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2010)

2006

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The 2006 Vecina has turned out even better than I expected last year. Graphite/lead pencil notes intermixed with hints of burning embers and charcoal, an opaque purple color, and sweet blackberry and roasted espresso notes are all present in this wine, which is masculine, muscular, tannic, but incredibly well-endowed and a potential candidate for 30 years of aging. This wine needs 4-5 years of cellaring and should last three decades.

95+ Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2009)

2005

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The 2005 Vecina is also strutting its stuff. I can't say it showed better than it did last year, but this wine comes close to perfection for my palate. Made in a Graves-like style, it exhibits scents of roasted herbs, espresso, scorched rocks, and liquid minerals seamlessly integrated into a full-bodied, dense wine offering a cascade of black cherries and black currants. Built for the long haul, this powerful 2005 is soft enough to be drunk early, but it will not hit its stride for at least a decade, and should age for three decades thereafter.

96 Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2008)

2004

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The 2004 Vecina shares an opaque ruby/purple color, smells of wet steel, crushed rocks, spring flowers, forest floor, and plenty of cedar and chocolatey black currant and blackberry notes. A huge, spicy, complex nose is followed by a wine of impressive ripeness, full-bodied power, and a multi-dimensional mouthfeel with huge amounts of glycerin, fruit, and thickness. This is a connoisseur's treat, and despite the fruit-forward character of the vintage, this wine ideally needs 2–4 years of bottle age and should keep for 30–35+ years.

96+ Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2007)

2003

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The vineyard closest to the great Harlan Estate is Vecina, situated in the western foothills on the Oakville Crossroad overlooking the valley. From this 11-acre site, the 2003 Vecina comes closest in style to Harlan Estate, appearing like a hypothetical blend of a St. Estephe and Pauillac. A formidable wine, it reveals plenty of new saddle leather, creme de cassis, scorched earth and volcanic-like characteristics in addition to notes of blackberries, Chinese black tea and graphite. Powerful, intense and backward, it needs 2-5 years of bottle age and should last for two decades thereafter.  It is a tour de force in winemaking!

96+ Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (June 2013)