2006 Bond - Quella

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 92 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 305360-2006-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($295; from uplifted riverbed soil rich in volcanic ash and cobblestones, in an area behind Phelps and Heitz known as Spring Valley) Saturated ruby. Musky aromas of blue and black fruits, truffle, tobacco and loam, all lifted by an ineffable mineral perfume. Lush, suave and sweet, with juicy acidity framing the black cherry, dark chocolate and mineral flavors. The long, rising finish features very ripe, fine-grained tannins and sneaky intensity of flavor.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    A mix of density and elegance, with the right touch of finesse to allow the black licorice, crushed rock and dark berry notes the room to expand. Shows graphite and smoky licorice flavors too. The better of two bottles tasted.'2006 California Cabernet blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now. 739 cases made. 'JL
    Author: James Laube
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    The 2006 Quella is another gorgeous wine from BONDS's Spring Valley site. Bright red and blue stone fruit, mint, spice, lavender and crushed rocks are some of the signatures. Delineated and vibrant, with plenty of grip and overall density, the 2006 will drink well for another decade plus. This is an especially virile, potent Quella with all the elements in the right place.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The newest entry into these single-vineyard wines (which are virtually all 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is the 2006 Quella. Dense purple, this wine comes across as the most austere of any of these wines. This dense, rich, elegant wine displays impressive notes of espresso roast intermixed with blackberry and floral-infused blue fruits, but in the finish the tannins kick in, and the wine seems closed and in need of considerable aging. I would sit on this for a good half dozen years, and drink it over the following two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • In his ongoing quest to produce world class wine in the tradition of 1st Growth Bordeaux, Bill Harlan - of Harlan Estate fame - started Bond to create single vineyard wines from sources meeting his high growing standards. Winemaker Robert Levy produces five vineyard designate wines: Melbury, St. Eden, Vecina, Pluribus and Quella, as well as a blend called The Matriarch. Levy's goal is for each wine to take on the unique expression of its vineyard site and Bill Harlan's ultimate plan is to produce wines from a total of 6 unique vineyards. The wines are known for their lush, deeply concentrated flavors, and their elegance and finesse, which Bill and Robert feel define them as the "Grand Crus" of Napa. Fewer than 1,500 cases of the Matriarch, and between 400 and 700 cases of the vineyard designates are produced annually.

    See other similar producers:Harlan Estate,Sloan Estate,Colgin Cellars

    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 269 bottles owned
    • 139 collectors