Not to be outdone by Mrs. Robinson, Mr. Evans is clearly trying to seduce you. The 2016 is undeniably alluring, showing up with all that chocolate alongside the plums and cedar. The palate has a backbone of blackberry and cassis, lifted by ample red fruit freshness. 100% new French oak aging delivers harmonious, silky tannins and excellent structure. Mr. Evans clearly packed his bags for a good long stay, so better make room in the cellar.
Some wines we offer you very clearly illustrate the mission of Bounty Hunter, and what sets us apart from our peers. Roy Estate, tucked away in Soda Canyon on the eastern edge of Napa Valley, is a prime example. We’ve been supporters since their inaugural vintage , and now that the wine is garnering monster scores, we’re in prime position to get a great allocation of their incredibly small production. It’s what we do. With the help of Helen Turley, in 2002 Shirley Roy and her husband, the late Charles Roy, developed this very rocky site, once home to a Wappo indian village. Today the Roys’ Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and vines are about 14 years old, and certainly coming into their prime. And with Philippe Melka on board—an alum of Petrus, Dominus, and Ridge—the winemaking acumen in play has next to no peers in the Valley. It shows in the wines, which are ripe and viscerally thrilling!
The Roy Estate Proprietary Red Wine has a new label name and design, and it will be called Mr. Evans Estate Proprietary Red going forward. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot aged for 18 to 20 months in 75% new 225-liter Taransaud French oak barrels, the 2016 Mr. Evans Estate Proprietary Red is very deep garnet-purple in color, with beautiful cassis, crushed blackberries and wild blueberries scents with touches of violets, tilled soil, fungi, menthol and smoked meats plus a hint of cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied and tightly wound with loads of mineral accents coming through in the mouth, it's framed by very ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing long and layered. 800 cases produced, to be released in the spring of 2019.