2005 Bond "Vecina" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Vecina is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 100% new oak, like the other cuvées. It is from an 11-acre site directly southeast of the Bond Winery, close to Harlan Estate. This wine tends to be the closest to the Harlan Estate in quality, with notes of new saddle leather, blackberry, roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate -- and again -- graphite and subtle smoke. Opaque purple, but still incredibly youthful, the wine is spicy, intense, full-bodied and majestic. There is a deep tone to this massive Cabernet Sauvignon, which is set for another 25 or 30 years of life, although it certainly is accessible at present. (RP)
Very refined, with lovely perfume. Heady, showing currants, cassis, cedar, chocolate-covered cherries and sweet herbs. Decadent, classy, elegant, with a great tannin structure. Just oozes class.
Saturated bright ruby, showing little evidence of evolution. Deep, pure, bright aromas of cassis, black raspberry, crushed rock, dusty herbs and spices; already a knockout on the nose in spite of its youth. Wonderfully plush, ripe and deep, combining a seamless texture and creamy ripeness with youthfully medicinal black cherry fruit and a hint of herbs. Finishes with noble but huge tannins, echoing and rising on the slowly building finish. Some barrel fermentation gave this powerful wine a creamy aspect. (ST)
Intense and racy wild berry and blackberry fruit is flashy, tight, pure, focused and beautifully defined, picking up a nice dusty berry edge, with hints of black licorice, and offering wonderful depth, richness and persistence. (JL)
Loads of violets, flowers, and dark fruits on the nose. Full bodied, with dusty tannins and a medium finish.