Bond - Vecina Napa Valley 2018


Sourced from select hillside estates, the Cabernet Sauvignon wines of BOND vividly demonstrate the range of Napa Valley's finest terroirs. From the more than eighty vineyards they have worked with over the past quarter century, they have slowly and vigilantly selected five sites. BOND became the covenant and shared commitment to produce only the best expression of the land. By way of this valuable experience, BOND had the opportunity to identify select properties that they felt had the potential to define the ‘Grand Crus’ of Napa Valley.

These small hillside Cabernet vineyards, ranging in size from 7 to 11 acres, became the basis for the wines of BOND.

Vecina is coined from the Spanish word for neighbor. This is our endeavor with the property situated directly southeast of the BOND winery. The beautifully terraced volcanic soil slopes of this property reside in Oakville's western foothills. The 11-acre site faces due east and is the recipient of cool morning sun. Vecina, which appeared with the 1999 vintage in the inaugural BOND release, is always powerful, intense and savory. Vecina's other hallmarks are blackberry fruit, with wild forest floor and mineral associated overtones.

100 points - James Suckling: "Seductive aromas of blackcurrants, plums and flowers, including roses. Really incredible this year with such verticality, depth and brightness. Goes on and on and on. Superb fruit character with plums and currants. Love it. Drinkable now, but give it time. Try after 2025."

Antonio Galloni - Vinous: "The 2018 Bond Cabernets are phenomenal. Strong site expression, classic Napa Valley richness and vibrancy make these some of the most impressive and compelling wines of the vintage." 

99 points - Antonio Galloni Vinous: "A regal, soaring wine, the 2018 Vecina is immediately captivating. Red fruit, iron, dried rose petal and exotic spice all soar out of the glass. Over the last two months the Vecina has acquired stunning aromatic presence to play off its deep, layered fruit. The 2018 is an absolute gem in the making. As a reminder, Vecina is sourced from Vine Hill Ranch, at the southern end of Oakville, where the Cabernets are distinguished by a beguiling combination of power and savory/earthy intensity." 

Producer: Bond
Country: USA
Region: California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley 
Vintage: 2018
Size: 750ml