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RATINGS
Roy Estate: Napa Valley, California

2009 Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Roy Estate
Napa, North Coast, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Red Table Wine)

Review by Antonio Galloni
Source: Wine Advocate #204 (Dec. 2012)
Rating:92
Drink 2014 - 2022

In 2009, the mini-valley of ROY Estate produced very small yields resulting in exquisite, extremely concentrated wines. This very impressive dark ink colored wine is gorgeous from the beginning with an intense and powerful nose of licorice, Asian spices, sweet black cherry and kirsch. It evolves on the mid-palate with beautiful textured layers of black concentrated fruits and then, this seamless wine finishes with refined tannins, more dark fruits, French vanilla oak notes and a great purity that lingers on the palate. This stunning 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is yet another example of style and purity that has become the benchmark of consistency from this special Estate

2009 Roy Estate Proprietary Blend
Roy Estate
Napa, North Coast, California, USA
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table Wine from Napa, North Coast, California, USA

Review by Antonio Galloni
Source: Wine Advocate #204 (Dec 2012)
Rating: 92 points
Drink 2014-2024

The 2009 Proprietary Red bursts from the glass with super-ripe red fruits, flowers and mint. This rich, opulent wine has no shortage of concentration and tons of length. Red currants, flowers and spices are layered into the finish. The 2009 Proprietary Red covers the palate with layers of blackberry jam, licorice, tar and violets. It shows tons of depth and richness all the way through to the huge, building finish.

Proprietor Shirley Roy continues to make these wines after the unexpected passing of her husband in 2010. The estate is located in Soda Canyon and the winemaker is Philippe Melka.

2007 Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Roy Estate
Napa, North Coast, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Red Table Wine)

Review by Robert Parker
Source: Wine Advocate #192 (Dec. 2010)
Rating:94+
Drink 2013 - 2038

There are usually 300-350 cases of the Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon along with the 2007 Proprietary Red are the finest wines I have yet tasted from Roy Estate. A beautiful nose of charcoal, creme de cassis, black currants, licorice and underbrush is followed by a deep, full-bodied, powerful wine with lots of texture, silky tannins and impressive density, as well as length. This wine has enough tannin to suggest 3-4 years of cellaring is required. It should age well for 25+ years.

When I met with proprietor Shirley Roy I was saddened to learn that her husband, Charles, had passed away this year. Together they had dreamed of producing world class wines from their 17-acre vineyard in the southern part of Napa Valley known as Soda Canyon. Shirley is committed to continuing that dream, and I wish her all the best. She’s in good hands given the fact that their vineyard was planted by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer, and the wine is now being made by the well-known French consultant, Philippe Melka. If readers have not yet checked out the Roy offerings from this rocky, cool climate site at the base of Atlas Peak, I highly suggest they do so.

2007 Roy Estate Proprietary Blend
Roy Estate
Napa, North Coast, California, USA
Proprietary Blend (a dry red table wine)

Review by Robert Parker
Source: Wine Advocate #186 (Dec 2009)
Rating: 94 points
Drink 2013 - 2033

The dense ruby/purple 2007 Proprietary Red, a 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. Soda Canyon, in the southern most 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.

2006 Roy Estate Proprietary Blend
Roy Estate
Napa, North Coast, California, USA
Proprietary Blend (a dry red table wine)

Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #180 (Dec 2008)
Rating: 94 points
Drink 2015 - 2040

Roy’s biggest production wine is their proprietary blend. The 2006 Proprietary Red is composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. It possesses elegant, roasted herb, chocolate, espresso, and black currant aromas, delicious fruit, and a long, muscular, concentrated personality. Obviously built for the long haul, it is approachable, but should hit its peak in 7-8 years, and last for 20-25. This 17-acre Soda Canyon site originally planted by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer has tight 3 x 6 spacing, and produces two wines, a Cabernet Sauvignon and an estate proprietary blend. Proprietors Shirley and Charles Roy have demonstrated courage as well as passion in attempting to craft some of the finest wines to emerge from this area of Napa.  Winemaker Philippe Melka brings a French savoir-faire to Napa Valley’s gorgeous fruit.

2005 Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Roy Estate
Napa, North Coast, California, USA
A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine

Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #180 (Dec 2008)
Rating: 94 points
Drink 2008 - 2028

The bottled 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot) is even better than the barrel samples tasted last year. Surprisingly soft, but complex, it offers notes of damp earth, black currants, incense, cedar, and spice. Ripe and medium to full-bodied with excellent fruit purity, and charming texture as well as length, it can be consumed now, although its equilibrium and balance suggest it will last for two decades. This 17-acre Soda Canyon site originally planted by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer has tight 3 x 6 spacing, and produces two wines, a Cabernet Sauvignon and an estate proprietary blend. Proprietors Shirley and Charles Roy have demonstrated courage as well as passion in attempting to craft some of the finest wines to emerge from this area of Napa. Winemaker Philippe Melka brings a French savoir-faire to Napa Valley’s gorgeous fruit.

 

2005 Roy Estate Proprietary Blend
Roy Estate
Napa, North Coast, California, USA
Proprietary Blend (a dry red table wine)

Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #174 (Dec 2007)
Rating: 95 points
Drink 2010 - 2025
This 17-acre vineyard on the eastern side of Napa is owned by Charles and Shirley Roy. Located in what is known as the Soda Canyon area, the vineyard was planted under the direction of Helen Turley, but today's winemaker is Philippe Melka. They have two wines in their cuvee, a Bordeaux blend and, of course, their Cabernet Sauvignon. My favorite of the quartet of wines I tasted is the 2005 Proprietary Red, a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot. Of course, Soda Canyon is a southern Napa region and cool, much like its neighbor Stags Leap. This wine exhibits very Bordeaux-like notes of black currants, chocolate, underbrush, and some background oak. With beautiful sweet fruit, striking elegance, well-integrated acidity, and a dense ruby/purple color and medium to full body, this will be a long-lived wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.

2004 Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Roy Estate
Napa, North Coast, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon (a dry red table wine)

Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #168 (Dec 2006)
Rating: 94 points
Drink 2006-2021
Cost: $95
The elegant, dark ruby/purple-colored 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals hints of white chocolate, black currants, ripe mountain berries, loamy soil, and earthy characteristics. Medium to full-bodied, with loads of structure and tannin as well as excellent purity, richness, and length, it will benefit from 1-3 years of bottle age, and should drink nicely for 10-15 years.
 
Charles and Shirley Roy own this 16.5 acre vineyard planted in Napa Valley’s Soda Canyon area. Eight-hundred cases of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (small quantities of Petit Verdot may be added in certain vintages) are typically produced each year