VECINA is coined from the Spanish word for a 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 the 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
Bond Vecina Napa Valley 2018
It was another precocious year for these old vines. From bud break through bloom, veraison, and harvest, each event occurred earlier than is typical. Bloom was healthy, leading to long and well-formed clusters. Unlike the other sites, harvest here stretched over a longer period, as we committed to nine harvest passes, starting in late September and concluding three weeks afterward.
The aromas are vivid and savory, yet the virtue of this Vecina resides in its stoic nature. The electric impulse that pervades the other 2018s, in this wine, manifests itself uniquely, passing like a steel blade through its vertical structure. Though the physique of the wine is muscular, the texture is extremely fine. The finish has a wise austerity that resolves with a persistent resonance.