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2003 Bond - Vecina (Cabernet Sauvignon)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 73533-2003
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    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!
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($230) Good medium ruby color. Roasted black fruits and a suggestion of almost port-like ripeness on the nose. Lush, superripe and powerful, with superb density of flavor. With notes ranging from black olive to dark chocolate, this shows a wider range of ripeness than either the highly promising young 2004 or the remarkably lush and sweet 2002 (which I scored 95 on this latest occasion).
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    A ripe, opulent 2003, with layers of rich plum, blackberry and wild berry fruit that manages to straddle the line and avoid being overripe. Rich and fleshy, with firm yet supple tannins and a trace of heat showing on the aftertaste. 710 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2013-2020
    Author: Sammi K
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Enjoyable Napa cabernet, and more advanced than I had anticipated, with none the prolonged freshness I typically encounter in Bond wines.
    Author: afikes
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Fabulous bottle. Slight amber to edge, violets on nose, dark and rich with great finish.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Great
    Author: ZakB
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Well-developed, intense cab. Length goes on and on. Strong notes of currant and a pleasant sweet sappiness.
    Author: sikora398
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Young
    Author: marv
In his ongoing quest to produce world class wine in the tradition of 1st Growth Bordeaux, Bill Harlan - of Harlan Estate fame - started Bond to create single vineyard wines from sources meeting his high growing standards. Winemaker Robert Levy produces five vineyard designate wines: Melbury, St. Eden, Vecina, Pluribus and Quella, as well as a blend called The Matriarch. Levy's goal is for each wine to take on the unique expression of its vineyard site and Bill Harlan's ultimate plan is to produce wines from a total of 6 unique vineyards. The wines are known for their lush, deeply concentrated flavors, and their elegance and finesse, which Bill and Robert feel define them as the "Grand Crus" of Napa. Fewer than 1,500 cases of the Matriarch, and between 400 and 700 cases of the vineyard designates are produced annually.

See other similar producers:Harlan Estate,Sloan Estate,Colgin Cellars

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 847 bottles owned
  • 311 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 311 collectors)