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2008 Bond Quella Red Wine Napa Valley
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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011

Full ruby-red color.  Very ripe aromas of raspberry, licorice and menthol; this too struck me as claret-like.  Sweet and refined in the mouth, already showing superb harmony to its raspberry, redcurrant and graphite flavors.  Finishes with suave tannins and outstanding length.  Like the Melbury, this seems balanced to give early pleasure but should have no trouble lasting for 15 to 20 years in bottle.  (Incidentally, pHs here were average in 2008 but acids a bit higher, said director of winegrowing Bob Levy, who offered the opinion that 2008 was a bit like 2005 in style.)

94 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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