2005 Roy Estate Napa Valley Proprietary Red

SKU #1037197 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, aged in 100% new Taransaud new barrels for 19 months, the 2005 Proprietary Red represents 1,500 cases. Opaque purple, with a gorgeous nose of incense, graphite, creosote and barbecue notes, the wine is full-bodied, rich and complex. Notes of forest floor, creme de cassis and blackberry fruit are present in this beautiful wine, which has sweet tannin, fresh acid, and a full-bodied, multilayered mouthfeel. This wine is just entering its plateau of maturity, where it should stay for another 15 or more years. (RP)  (6/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Good full ruby. Sappy aromas of black raspberry, licorice and minerals, with complicating notes of maple syrup and truffle. Lush, sweet and fruit-driven, with fresh acidity framing the flavors of black raspberry, tobacco and dark chocolate. Finishes with firm, fine tannins and lingering fruit. This was the first vintage made for Roy by Philippe Melka. The vineyard is located at the bottom of Soda Canyon, south of Stag's Leap. According to Melka, the 2005 was made from the loamy lower section of the property, while the 2006 came from the rockier upper section. (ST)  (5/2008)

Wine Spectator

 Creamy oak offers a touch of dill and cedar in the aroma. The dried currant and berry flavors are smooth, rich and intense, offering depth and complexity. Needs time in the bottle, given its tight structure. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  (11/2008)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.