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.
"A perfect wine, the 2007 Vecina provides a prodigious display of blackberries, charcoal, black currants, burning embers and a La Mission-Haut-Brion-like hot rock/gravelly character. The most tannic as well as most concentrated and layered of the 2007s, this is a long-term, but utterly brilliant wine. In many ways it reminds me of the Harlan Estate itself given its prodigious build and potential for extended longevity. It merits 4-5 years of bottle age and should drink well for three decades thereafter.
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby. Dusty blackcurrant, blackberry and violet on the nose. Then silky and creamy but at the same time quite penetrating on the palate, with uncommon sweetness to the powerful mineral and black fruit flavors. This has a tactile, palate-coating, umami-like quality that is exhilarating. Finishes with outstanding length, a boatload of suave tannins and utterly sexy sweetness. I'd like to see this wine next to a Pauillac first growth-but not until about 2020."
International Wine Cellar
"Exhibits a pleasing, dense mix of loamy earth, mineral, graphite and dried currant, with touches of blackberry and wild berry. Full-bodied, deep and structured, ending with gripping tannins and a persistent finish. Very young and closed. To be released spring 2011. Best from 2013 through 2023."
"A very rich nose of currants, blueberries, raspberries galore, and stones. Full bodied, with layers of velvety tannins and a very pretty finish. On the verge of classic. Pull the cork after 2015."