2006 Bond "Vecina" Napa Valley Red Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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+)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Brooding, superripe, distinctly cabernet aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet and espresso. Sweet, densely packed and thick, with powerful flavors of crushed cassis and tobacco lifted by violet and licorice. Almost youthfully gritty today and in need of bottle aging to show its underlying shape. The huge tannins coat the front teeth and saturate the entire palate. Like a top Medoc wine on steroids.
Wine & Spirits
From a hillside block at Vine Hill, a vineyard south of the Harlan Estate in the western reaches of Oakville, this grows on what GM Paul Roberts describes as "hot clay-the soil smells like a kiln on a hot day." The '06 is a potent, meaty cabernet, immediately rich in the middle, needing plenty of air to extend out into a long finish. It's tight and clearly defined, the wine's structure and shape doesn't feel manipulated. There's an underlying energy that should continue to drive it as the tannins mature.
Polished, smooth and elegant. Made in a feminine style that appeals for its lushness and accessible flavors of blackberries, cocoa, violets and cedar. Shows a pure pedigree in the balance and charm. The tannins suggest mid-term aging. Best after 2012.