2010 Bond "Quella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Quella is a candidate for perfection. From the lower foothills of Pritchard Hill, it offers up notes of charcoal, graphite, espresso and copious quantities of blueberry and black raspberry liqueur, along with distinctive minerality, a full-bodied mouthfeel, moderately high tannins, gorgeous richness and a long, moderately tannic finish. Forget it for five years and drink it over the following three decades. (RP)
The sister winery to Harlan made wonderful, distinctive wines in 2010. The Quella is powerful, rich and savoury. Wait three or four years before drinking it.
BOND's 2010 Quella is all about texture. There is virtually no sensation of tannin whatsoever in this supple, utterly gracious Cabernet Sauvignon. Rose petals, licorice, small red berries, new leather, spices and asphalt all wrap around the juicy, explosive finish. A super-ripe, racy finish rounds things out in style. In 2010, Quella is impeccable. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright ruby-red. Knockout perfume of black raspberry, violet, mocha and raspberry. Sweet, fine-grained and creamy on entry, then a bit drier and more backward on the back end. The wonderfully rising finish features substantial broad tannins but calls for patience. 94(+?) point. (ST)
A deceptively subtle, understated style that holds its flavors tight to the vest. Though restrained, this nonetheless offers a lot of everything in smaller doses. Dark berry, dark chocolate, dried herb and savory underbrush notes all add up to something special. Patience required. (JL)