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2012 Roy Estate - Proprietary Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 252135-2012-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (70% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 11% petit verdot): Deep ruby. More minerally and convincing on the nose than the 2011, offering scents of black cherry, crushed rock, licorice and menthol. Sweet, broad and rich, showing a fine-grained texture and a light touch to its dark fruit and hot rock flavors. At once deeper and more energetic than the 2011 bottling, finishes with supple tannins and nice lift.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    I only tasted one wine, the 2012 Proprietary Red, a brilliant blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot aged 18 months in 80% new Taransaud barrels. This 640-case cuvee exhibits an opaque purple color, full body, supple tannins, and sweet blueberry and blackberry liqueur notes intermixed with hints of chocolate as well as dusty, earthy, forest floor notes. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. It is one of the finest efforts produced by the Roy Estate to date.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2034
    Author: Robert Parker
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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

    • 58 bottles owned
    • 11 collectors