2010 Bond "Quella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1156936 98 points 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)  (10/2013)

97 points James Suckling

 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.  (6/2014)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby-red. Deep yet vibrant aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, licorice and violet convey a faint medicinal reserve. Plush and deep but at the same time classically dry and savory, even a bit youthfully imploded, with its seamless black fruit, mineral and licorice flavors enlivened by a captivating cool herbal nuance. Really spreads out to saturate the palate on the very long, energetic, taut back end, which features thoroughly ripe, building tannins and compelling perfume. A great vintage for this wine. (ST-Vinous)  (6/2017)

96 points Vinous

 The 2010 Quella is fabulous. Nuanced, delineated and yet also dense on the palate, the 2010 captures all the best qualities of this St. Helena site and the year. A rush of kirsch, super-ripe red cherry, hard candy and wild flowers add a kick of exotic intensity that is hugely appealing. A wine of charm and pure deliciousness, the 2010 will drink well for another 10-15 years. Today, it is fabulous. (AG)  (11/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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. Best from 2015 through 2028. (JL)  (10/2013)

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