Vecina

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VECINA is coined from the Spanish word for neighbor. This is our endeavor with the property situated directly southeast of the BOND winery.

Vecina Label

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.

SOIL: Bedrock overlain with fine grained alluvial wash. Eastern Exposure.

ELEVATION: 221-330 feet


Vintage Notes

2017

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Almost as if anticipating the events that would transpire, this normally late-ripening site rallied from the onset with an unusually early budbreak. The growing season progressed without significant events. Harvest began on September 9th and concluded on September 27th.

From the beginning of aging, this Vecina has been a beacon, beckoning the other crus to follow. Aromatically the wine is vibrant, displaying its classic dried herbs and dark fruit, but with even greater life and dimension. The vertical nature of the wine does not impose, but impresses and inspires a reverence in the solidarity of this site. The savory 2017 is yet full of vitality and energy; its structural lines are more chiseled and defined than in other vintages.

2016

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Each year, this vineyard begins in its own rhythm and ends on a similar note; 2016 is no exception. Early in the ripening, the balance of flavor and quality of tannin were impressive. In September, we received much- needed fog and cool nighttime temperatures, which preserved freshness as ripening continued.

The vertical structure of Vecina does not impose but draws you in with a noble calm. The wine’s nuance is often immured within its monolithic structure, yet this year, nature has rendered the full spectrum of fruit, herbal, and mineral aromas. Whether this generosity represents a rare glimpse of the softer side of this site or the future expression of these old vines, time alone will tell.

2015

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Almost by virtue of the vines’ collective wisdom, bloom occurred later than normal allowing Vecina to avoid the reduced fruit-set that affected many sites. The overhead canopy of these tall-statured vines served to protect the clusters during the summer months, and ushered them gracefully to an anticipated harvest.

Roasted coffee, embers, and a mix of red and dark fruit are the forces that drive the aromatics. The wine is intensely vertical, but between the typical layers of fleshy tannins there are equal parts air and juiciness that bring levity and detail. The finish seems almost infinite, as ripe fruit slowly transitions over several minutes to fine salinity.

 

2014

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Vecina has become known - to us - as an old soul. It is never hurried or slow, but it finds its right moment to mature in any given season. Picking began in late September and concluded in early October. At harvest the grapes possessed plenty of acidity and verve, yet showed depth of fruit character and unprecedented charm.

Burnt embers, dried herbs and a perception of salinity define the nose. There is also a great degree of freshness that makes it seem almost delicate, while on the palate the muscular frame of this wine ascends to the roof of the mouth. It builds and builds then slowly resolves over a resilient finish.

 

2013

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From budbreak to veraison the year seemed to move like clockwork at this east-facing slope in Oakville. Due to its location on the southern border of Oakville, Vecina was impacted more prominently by the winds coming from the San Pablo Bay, lending even more power and density to this already bold site.

The 2013 has the ever-present aromas of dried herbs, terra cotta, and forest floor accompanied by a healthy dose of dark cacao. Though lively acidity should not be discounted, the wine feels like a monument resting on the mid-palate with vertical and muscular definition. Layer upon layer of ripe tannins unfold on what feels like an infinite finish.

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