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The 2011 Quella is one of the bolder wines in the range. Dark red stone fruits, iron, smoke, plum, spice and menthol open up nicely in the glass. Next to the other wines in the range, the 2011 Quella is a bit brawny and rough around the edges. It will be interesting to see if further time in bottle softens some of those contours.

93 Points /Antonio Galloni, vinous (December 2014)

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The Story

QUELLA is the name for the wine from a 9-acre site located in the eastern hills overlooking the heart of the Napa Valley.

Making its debut with the 2006 vintage, the name is derived from the German word for a pristine source or an artesian aquifer. This property is steeply sloped facing southwest. The site is an ancient riverbed composed of cobble and rocks interwoven with pockets of tufa (volcanic ash) that were uplifted during the last volcanic activity in the area. Quella displays an almost ethereal quality of blue fruits, graphite, and a vibrant, subtle finish.

SOIL: Ancient uplifted riverbed covered with Tufa (volcanic ash). Southwest Exposure.

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Wine Information

The Quella 2011 emerges charming aromas of blue and black fruits on the nose. This vintage expresses the attributes of freshness and minerality upon entry but on the palate the wine has a particular roundness. The wine shows ripe but persistent tannins that are transformed into an appealing mineral-driven finish.

Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

11 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Purple and Bright

ending

Long, Pure and Spicy

flavors

Blackcurrant, Mint, Cherry and Spice

nose

Pure, Fresh, Ripe and Youthful

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Balanced, Concentrated, Well-structured, Youthful, Full-bodied, Round, Fresh, Fruity and Silky tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is purple, and looking bright, dark and deep. On the nose it is youthful, ripe, pure, fresh and closed. The taste is fresh, round, fruity, perfumed, toasty, vivid, refined, with medium tannin ., with silky tannins, and average in acidity, full-bodied, with balanced, well-structured, concentrated structure and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has blackcurrant, spice, mint and cherry flavours. The finish is long, pure, spicy and vibrant. This wine is sophisticated, fine and impressive. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2t before tasting.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
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Information

Origin

Oakville, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

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