2011 Bond - Quella

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 93 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 305360-2011-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Bright ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of redcurrant, plum, tobacco, licorice and chocolate. Boasts a plump middle for the vintage but turns a bit tougher toward the back, showing berry and tobacco flavors along with a note of dark chocolate. Today the wine's serious dusty tannins give the finish a slight dryness. I don't find the glossiness of a barrel sample I tried a year ago.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Marked by dry, crisp and snappy raspberry and wild berry flavors, this well-balanced version has gripping tannins and minerally touches. Should reward cellaring.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 2011 Quella Proprietary Red Blend is performing better from bottle than it did last year from barrel. Lots of black raspberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with notes of wet rocks and spring flowers jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, fleshy, beautifully evolved 2011 that is already showing secondary nuances and complexity. This vintage offers immediate gratification and drinkability. It should age effortlessly for another decade or more.
    Author: Robert Parker
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    Drink Dates: 2019-2019
    Author: Aylward Justin
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Gallo Boy
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

  • 133 bottles owned
  • 68 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 68 collectors)