Robert Parker 93
The 2008 Quella is a dark, brooding wine loaded with super-ripe dark black fruit, smoke, tar and licorice. It is a seriously intense wine that will require bottle age. This is an especially authoritative wine from Bond. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028
The only real disappointment in this flight, the 2008 Quella is simply not as refined as the other wines in the grouping. A slightly gamey, wild quality gives the 2008 a distinctly Old World feel. Iron, torrefaction, smoke, blood, molasses and dark spices add nuance, but the 2008 never seems to come together. The oak is overbearing, while burly edges confer an impression of rusticity. On a more positive note, the 2008 has held up well and should keep for another decade or so.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027