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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.
"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." -Rated 93, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"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." -Rated 93, Vinous
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