- Roy Estate Proprietary Red 2010 Product #28944 (In Stock)
Shirley Roy never meant to make two wines from her 20 or so acre estate in a crook of Napa’s Soda Canyon. But, winemaker Philippe Melka felt the vineyard spoke with two voices – one aristocratic and intense, the other softer, more plush and mellow. Prop Red is the second of those voices, a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon with 26% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. After dropping half her crop in 2010, Shirley was rewarded with this ripe and welcoming red that’s already delicious and sure to improve for years. A bit of a cross between the black-fruited 2008 and the finer, more detailed, 2009.
“Roy’s 2010 Proprietary Red has a little more delineation and nuance than the 2009. Freshly cut flowers, violets, super ripe dark fruit, mocha, espresso, chocolate, plums, cassis and black currants all jump from the glass in this opulent full-bodied huge wine. Layers of fruit continue to build to the creamy, expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.” Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate 92 points
“Bright medium ruby. Aromas of blueberry, coffee, mocha, truffle and chocolate show a slightly porty quality. Fat, smooth and lush in the mouth, offering immediate accessibility. The truffley element carries through on the palate. This nicely rich, layered blend finishes with dusty tannins and good length.”International Wine Cellar 90 points
- Roy Estate Proprietary Red 2007 Product #25394 (In Stock)
Deliciously rich right now and still with plenty of development in front of it. A very limited late release from the estate just for us!
"Soda Canyon, in the southernmost part of Napa Valley, has its own specific micro-climate. This 17-acre vineyard owned by Shirley and Charles Roy was originally planted by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer, but the wine is now being made by Philippe Melka, who is fashioning very impressive reds meant for long-term aging.
The dense ruby/purple 2007 Proprietary Red, a 1,400-case blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot, exhibits an impressive chocolatey nose with lots of berry fruit, coffee bean, mocha, and earthy/forest floor notes. Complex and dense with silky tannins, and superb elegance combined with richness, it can be approached now, but it will be even better in 4-5 years. It should last for 20+ years."Wine Advocate 94 points