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2012 Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Here's a dusty, characterful Cabernet to squirrel away in a cold corner of your cellar for 10 years.Another big-time winner from Shirley Roy is her 450 cases of 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. This is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot with an opaque purple color and a fabulous notes of lead pencil shavings, licorice, roasted herbs, damp soil and oodles of blackberry and cassis fruit. It is long, rich, multilayered and impressively endowed." - The Wine Advocate"



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.


Cabernet Sauvignon
Philippe Melka
27 months
Oak Treatment/Stainless Steel:
French Oak; 100% new
Country of Origin:
United States
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot
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