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2009 Roy Estate - Proprietary Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 92 WA
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 252135-2009-1500-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    (a blend of 71% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 10% petit verdot, from a 2001 planting on shallow rocky soil and deeper loamy side with a rock component): Good full ruby. Pungent aromas of dark berries, black tea, herbs and licorice; at once cool and warm. Lush, sweet and rich, with black fruit and licorice flavors complicated by crushed stone, pepper, fresh herbs and cookie dough. The dusty but fine tannins hit the palate early but do not cut off the fruit.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 2009 Proprietary Red bursts from the glass with juicy dark cherries, flowers, mint violets and tar. A super-ripe wine, the 2009 caresses the palate with gorgeous depth. This voluptuous, opulent wine has plenty of energy, not to mention considerable appeal. The 2009 is 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
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  • Charles and Shirley Roy began their life as vintners in 1999 when they moved to Napa from the East Coast. They asked the noted viticulturist Helen Turley to develop their 17-acre Soda Canyon site, and planted it to the Bordeaux varieties Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Under the direction of winemaker Philippe Melka, the winery produces a Proprietary Red and Cabernet Sauvignon. Production is small at less than 300 cases for each wine.

    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 36 bottles owned
    • 7 collectors