"The 2014 Quella, which comes from a steep nine-acre vineyard in the eastern Vaca Mountain foothills, has an even deeper color than the St. Eden for the 2014 vintage. Beautiful charcoal, vanilla and cassis notes, some lead pencil shavings, supple tannin, and again, the plump, succulent fruit of this vintage are all displayed abundantly and flamboyantly. Drink it over the next 20-25 years." - Robert Parker
The five separate single vineyards that Bill Harlan has under long-term contract continue to perform at first growth quality levels. They generate between 500 and 600 cases of these single-vineyard wines that all represent distinctive and separate micro-climates of Napa Valley. The culled out barrels that don’t make the cut are blended together for a wine called Matriarch, which in itself is a terrific offering. Last year I touted the brilliance and drama of the 2012s, which are strikingly beautiful, and the otherworldly 2013s, but now we have the fruit-forward and luscious 2014s, and although I didn’t taste them, I suspect the 2015s will reach a new qualitative pinnacle for this extraordinary visionary project of Bill Harlan and his winemaking team, led by Bob Levy.