2012 Bond "Quella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Quella (from a steep 9-acre vineyard in the eastern Vaca hillsides) has an opaque purple color, a gorgeous nose of white flowers, sweet blackberry and cassis fruit, and a touch of vanilla and graphite. Full-bodied, like its siblings, with great fruit extract, terrific purity and richness, and high but velvety tannins, this wine should also benefit from another 3-5 years of cellaring and keep for 30+ years. (RP)
Lots of hot stone and slate on the nose with flowers. Dark berries too. Full body, dense mouthfeel. It lasts a long time with a salty, pomace undertone. Tight and muscular.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of blueberry, blackberry and licorice pastille. Enters the mouth supple and silky, then goes into a shell, showing a strong impression of medicinal reserve but little in the way of easygoing fruit. This has 2011-level energy but can't yet match the 2012 Melbury for seamlessness or weight. Finishes with very firm tannins. Today this is the toughest of these 2012s to taste. (ST)
The 2012 Quella has put on considerable weight over the last year. Dark cherry, plum, hard candy, mint, dark spices and new leather all blossom in the glass. The 2012 is ample and broad on the palate, with superb presence, but perhaps a touch less in the way of finesse relative to the best wines in this range. Today the Quella feels a bit heavy. (AG)