1999 Bond "Vecina" Napa Valley Red Blend
A smooth, round-textured wine that serves up multiple layers of complexity and flavor. Black cherry, blackberry and olive notes are at the fore. Spice, cedar, raspberry, toast and vanilla flavors are also firmly in evidence. Attractive herb notes blend seamilessly into the ensemble. Tannins are powdery smooth and the finish is long. A new label made by the folks at Harlan.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1999 Vecina, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon offering, exhibits aromas of graphite, tar, coffee, and creme de cassis. It is more austere and less charming and seductive than the 1999 "S". This powerful, muscular Cabernet will be at its best between 2006-2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Explosive, wild nose combines roasted red berries, grilled meat, tar, brown sugar, mocha and truffle. Dense but juicy, with more power and thrust than the '99 Melbury but not quite the same early appeal. Intriguing notes of smoke, herbs and truffle. Finishes with very smooth, fine tannins.
Pleasantly earthy, firm, dry and structured, with dried currant, black cherry, spice and black and green olive flavors folding together nicely. Full-bodied and tannic, yet focused and persistent, gaining depth on the finish. (2009)