More Vintages and Sizes of Bond - Vecina:
International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108
($150) Good red-ruby color. Aromas of wild black raspberry, chocolate, graphite and sexy, smoky oak. Tightly wound and perhaps less dense than the '99, but riper than the 2000 Melbury. Flavors of currant, minerals and truffle. Finishes with big, youthfully aggressive tannins and very good length.
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Author: Robert Parker
The dense ruby/purple-colored 2000 Vecina offers up aromas of loamy earth, black fruits, chocolate, and toasty wood. I would not call it superficial, but it is no match for its younger sibling. Medium-bodied, with beautiful fruit, excellent purity, and a long, complex finish, it will drink well for 10-13 years.
Author: James Laube
Gobs of up-front mocha-scented oak lead to a core of plush currant and blackberry fruit. While there's no denying the strong presence of oak, it adds a wonderful dimension. 675 cases made.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/29/2010
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/25/2009
Drink Dates: 2009
Only ok. Not much fruit left on this one. Nose of lilacs with woody (cedar?) notes. Disjointed with strong alcohol on the finish. I think this wine lost more than it gained in the bottle. I didn't really like this much, although my wife did.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2010
The wine hails from a vineyard that is adjacent to the Harlan Estate vineyard. Darkly colored with thin deeply pigmented legs. Bright spicy vanilla, new wood, and plum aromatics with some tomato overtones. Lots of everything in the mouth ? fruit, wood, and mouthwatering acidity. A smooth reasonably plush early drinking Cabernet.
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