The wine business has a funny way of drawing people in, even those with no intention of getting into the game. Just ask Charles and Shirley Roy. Their goal of a hobby vineyard on their property in Napa was flipped on its head by a visit from famed consultant Helen Turley. She convinced the Roys that they had some very special earth (rock would be more appropriate) on their hands, and that merely selling their fruit would be a travesty. So the shackles of sanity came off and the planting started in earnest. Thus began the birth of Roy Estate as a top-flight producer and the death of any notion of retirement. With the help of gifted winemaker Philippe Melka (Bryant Family, Vineyard 29, Marston, Gemstone, Seavey…) the Roys have come screaming out of the gate with two phenomenal wines. Philippe’s uncanny eye for vineyard potential is showcased in their first releases, highlighting the “two faces” of the property. Robert Parker heaped ample praise on the project, and our hopelessly jaded tasting panel gave it the raised eyebrow seal of approval. Based on what we tasted, this is among the most exciting new Napa projects we have encountered in some time. Fans of superlative red wines will want to keep a close eye on this producer.