Ratings & Tasting notes:
96 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The most backward, earthy, muscular/masculine wine of the group is the 2001 Vecina. Still quite tightly knit, with loads of rugged tannins as well as distinctive notes of graphite and earth reminiscent of a St.-Estephe such as Chateau Montrose, the wine displays sweet, earthy blueberry and blackberry fruit, but then the tannins kick in. This full-bodied, massive wine needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring at the minimum, and whether it ever approaches the seamless/flawless perfection of a St. Eden or Melbury remains to be seen. 96+ Points (RP) (6/2011)
96 points Wine Enthusiast
*** Cellar Selection *** Very fine wine. Denser, richer, more powerful than the other Bond ’01s. In the mouth, it has a molten quality, like liquid lead or mercury; strong flavors of plums, bitter chocolate, cassis, and good, rich oak. Pretty astringent now in tannins, it’s firm and hard, but complex and layered. Drink now, but best beyond 2010. (6/2005)
95 points Vinous
The 2001 BOND Vecina was totally vivid and alive, with a kaleidoscope of dark, earthy aromas and flavors. Smoke, tar, licorice and dark red fruit all swirled around the glass in a young, powerful wine that will drink well for another decade. (AG) (10/2013)
94 points Wine Spectator
Dense, tight and tannic yet enormously complex, with blackberry, black licorice, graphite, charcoal, mocha, dried herb and cedary notes that are intense and persistent, working through ripe, chewy tannins.Drink now through 2025. 700 cases made. (JL, Web-2011)
Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.
Label: No Damage
Fill Level: Mid-neck. Perfect.