Wines

Roy Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

Grand Cru

Wines

Roy Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

Grand Cru

A pure and powerful expression of Napa Valley’s best.  The very limited production of 300 to 450 cases of Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the end result of the meticulous efforts of our entire vineyard and winemaking team. Our single vineyard, Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon is a sophisticated wine of striking complexity, deep concentration and substantial structure. Built to last, this wine is aged up to 28 months in Taransaud new French oak barrels to heighten complexity and deepen aromas.  Our Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has garnered consistent praise from wine experts and critics for every single of its vintages.

For optimum enjoyment of this wine, please decant and serve at about 64 ºF.

Winemaker's notes

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2014

This is truly a classic Roy Estate Cabernet. The exquisite nose reveals a dense mix of aromas of black cherry, blueberries, blackberries and floral with a subtle, sultry smokiness.  It evolves on the mid-palate with beautifully textured layers of concentrated black bramble fruits, black currant, dark and dense cocoa nibs, and slate.  Those full layers of textures are complimented by the signature Roy well-integrated, silky tannins and great purity which linger on the palate.  2014 is another stellar expression of this unique vineyard location which will age beautifully and yet can be appreciated and enjoyed right now with decanting. 

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Varietal and harvest information

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Roy Estate: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot

Harvested

October 3 - 13, 2014

Vinification

Crushed into open top fermenters

Maceration time

21 days

Malolactic fermentation

100% barrel fermentation

Cooperage

100% new Taransaud French oak

Barrel age

27 months in new French oak
No fining / No filtration

Bottled

February 10, 2017

Production

545 cases

Finished wine

Alcohol

14.9%

Ta

5.7 g/l

Ph

3.85

Napa Valley's 2013 vintage will most likely go down in history as one of its best. The beautiful deep, dark red color and nose of the 2013 Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon immediately invite you in with notes of cherry griottes, currant, leather and tea leaves. Silky upon entry and yet very firm, the palate is treated to a generous roundness and finesse. The great core of sweet ripe fruit, chocolate covered cherries, blackberry, blueberry, black licorice, sweet vanilla, exotic spices and a touch of smokiness bursts from the glass with a minerality complementing the fruits. This youthful wine of powerful richness and depth with beautifully integrated tannins in its complex structure will only continue to evolve and gain more complexity with age. The vineyard of Roy Estate continues to mature and produces amazing fruit and wines.

For optimum enjoyment of this wine, please decant and serve at about 64 ºF.

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Varietal and harvest information

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Roy Estate: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvested

October 7 - 14, 2013

Vinification

Crushed into open top fermenters

Maceration time

21 days

Malolactic fermentation

100% barrel fermentation

Cooperage

100% new Taransaud French oak

Barrel age

26 months in new French oak
No fining / No filtration

Bottled

January 21, 2016

Production

450 cases

Finished wine

Alcohol

15.0%

Ta

5.56 g/l

Ph

3.84

The 2012 Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon opens up to notes of rose petals, blackberry jam and cocoa followed by tobacco, bing cherries and a touch of pencil shavings. In the mouth, a soft attack of shaved dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, mocha and caramel adds great complexity to the beautiful dark fruit. The mid-palate weight is layered & well balanced with seductive and silky integrated tannins evolving to some smoke notes coming from the new Taransaud French Oak. This expressive and harmonious Cabernet is a stellar expression of this unique mini-valley vineyard location, leaving us with that signature powerful, long and lingering Roy finish.

For optimum enjoyment of this wine, please decant and serve at about 64 ºF.

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Varietal and Harvest Information

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Roy Estate: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot

Harvested

October 10 - 19, 2012

Vinification

Concrete tanks / Open top fermenters

Maceration time

21 days

Malolactic fermentation

100% barrel fermentation

Cooperage

100% new Taransaud French oak

Barrel Age

27 months in new French oak
No fining / No filtration

Bottled

March 5, 2015

Production

450 cases

Finished wine

Alcohol

15.0%

TA

5.51 g/l

pH

4.03

Mother Nature not only set the pace for 2011, but also dictated extremely low yields. Roy harvested 16 tons (less than 1 ton per acre, 1 cluster per shoot). We crafted a very special wine that is distinctive with beautiful body and color, very refined and super expressive. There is an intensity in the nose that just jumps out of the glass. These aromatics reveal red fruit, wild berries, chocolate cherry and a little floral that is layered with sweeter dried herb and underforest notes in the background. Complimenting the fruit aromatics are very expressive aromas that include French vanilla oak, almond, nutmeg and exotic spices with layers of stone minerality that really explode from the glass. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is so very interesting and intriguing both aromatically and texturally on the palate; finishing with those signature Roy Estate silky and smooth tannins. It’s got wonderful richness, good mouth feel, intense precision, elegance as harmonious, layered and polished. A very unique expressive wine crafted in a very unique challenging vintage. People are going to really enjoy this wine!

For optimum enjoyment of this wine, please decant and serve at about 64 ºF.

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Varietal and Harvest Information

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Roy Estate: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot

Harvested

October 19 - 27, 2011

Vinification

Concrete tanks / Open top fermenters

Maceration time

21 days

Malolactic fermentation

100% barrel fermentation

Cooperage

100% new Taransaud French oak

Barrel Age

20 months in new French oak
No fining / No filtration

Bottled

August 16, 2013

Production

200 cases

Finished Wine

Alcohol

14.7%

TA

5.66 g/l

pH

3.74

This rich and bold wine exhibits a dense mix of aromas that include blackberry preserves, blueberries, black currants, anise, espresso and cocoa with a touch of minerality. It is enhanced with its expression of hoisin and soy among the concentrated dark, ripe fruit notes. Those layered purple fruit and deep dark licorice flavors envelope the mouth with intense inky and velvety tannins, followed by a wonderful long, lingering finish. As this 2010 evolves in my glass, it is signature Roy Cabernet Sauvignon; seductive and powerful, yet harmonious, showing that wonderful richness and purity of flavor from this unique and special property.

For optimum enjoyment of this wine, please decant and serve at about 64 ºF.

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Varietal and Harvest Information

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Roy Estate: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot

Harvested

September 30 - October 23, 2010

Vinification

Concrete tanks / Open top fermenters

Maceration time

21 days

Malolactic fermentation

100% barrel fermentation

Cooperage

100% new Taransaud French oak

Barrel Age

28 months in new French oak
No fining / No filtration

Bottled

April 10, 2013

Production

350 cases

Finished Wine

Alcohol

14.5%

TA

5.60 g/l

pH

3.86

In 2009, the mini-valley of Roy Estate produced very small yields resulting in exquisite, extremely concentrated wines. This very impressive dark ink colored wine is gorgeous from the beginning with an intense and powerful nose of licorice, Asian spices, sweet black cherry and kirsch. It evolves on the mid-palate with beautiful textured layers of black concentrated fruits and then, this seamless wine finishes with refined tannins, more dark fruits, French vanilla oak notes and a great purity that lingers on the palate. This stunning 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is yet another example of style and purity that has become the benchmark of consistency from this special Estate. 

For optimum enjoyment of this wine, please decant and serve at about 64 ºF.

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Varietal and Harvest Information

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Roy Estate: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot

Harvested

October 7 - 17, 2009

Vinification

Concrete tanks / Open top fermenters

Maceration time

21 days

Malolactic fermentation

100% barrel fermentation

Cooperage

100% new Taransaud French oak

Barrel Age

27 months in new French oak
No fining / No filtration

Bottled

March 21, 2012

Production

250 cases

Finished Wine

Alcohol

14.5%

TA

5.45 g/l

pH

3.78

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is very expressive with notes of perfume, floral, spice, mineral and blackberry that are layered beautifully together. The dry and cold spring induced small yields with small berry size and light clusters which created some amazingly concentrated wines. The very mild summer helped develop complex aromatics as well. The nose reveals intense yet refined flavors of polished flowers (violet and rose petals), cranberry and black licorice. This beautiful complex and aromatic mix is complimented by a seductive mouthfeel with loads of black fruits, fresh stones and spices seamlessly integrated with layers of expressive, refined tannins and a long, lingering finish.

For optimum enjoyment of this wine, please decant and serve at about 64 ºF.

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Varietal and Harvest Information

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Roy Estate: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Harvested

September 28 - October 17, 2005

Vinification

Concrete tanks / Open top fermenters

Maceration time

21 days

Malolactic fermentation

100% barrel fermentation

Cooperage

100% new Taransaud French oak

Barrel Age

24 months in new French oak
No fining / No filtration

Bottled

December 3, 2007

Production

585 cases

Finished Wine

Alcohol

14.2%

TA

5.6 g/l

pH

3.90

From this benchmark harvest in the Napa Valley, the Roy Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon delivers on many different levels. This seductive wine reveals beautiful aromatics of black fruits, black currant, licorice, dark chocolate and integrated French vanilla oak; well structured with great length of sweet and silky tannins melting into your palate. The lingering finish (over 30 seconds) exhibits complex flavors of rich delicate fruits and warm gravelly earth. Truly a special estate vineyard.

For optimum enjoyment of this wine, please decant and serve at about 64 ºF.

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Varietal and Harvest Information

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Roy Estate: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvested

October 5 - October 9, 2007

Vinification

Concrete tanks / Open top fermenters

Maceration time

24 days

Malolactic fermentation

100% barrel fermentation

Cooperage

100% new Taransaud French oak

Barrel Age

26 months in new French oak
No fining / No filtration

Bottled

February 10, 2010

Production

350 cases

Finished Wine

Alcohol

14.1%

TA

6.1 g/l

pH

3.9

Another home run from Roy Estate, and it is even a notch above its predecessor. When you uncork the wine, the room fills with aromas of dried herbs, bay leaf, wet earth, blueberry, violet and chocolate. This 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot blend delivers a mouth feel that is soft and delicate with a velvety texture combined with incredible integrated tannins. Freshness, light on its feet for a big wine, and seductive with a soft finish that goes on and on, are thoughts that come to my mind.

For optimum enjoyment of this wine, please decant and serve at about 64 ºF.

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Varietal and Harvest Information

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Roy Estate: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot

Harvested

October 2 - October 18, 2006

Vinification

Concrete tanks / Open top fermenters

Maceration time

24 days

Malolactic fermentation

100% barrel fermentation

Cooperage

100% new Taransaud French oak

Barrel Age

25 months in new French oak
No fining / No filtration

Bottled

December 4, 2008

Production

440 cases

Finished Wine

Alcohol

14.2%

TA

5.7 g/l

pH

3.89

The wine shows intense ruby color. The very seductive nose reveals fresh crushed berries of cassis, rose petal, strawberry and cherry essence. The attack is dense with soft velvety texture and layered with fruits. It expresses the finesse and harmony of a "grand vin". It is very delicate on the palate and still has amazing concentration and length. Enjoy the beautiful fruit today and then watch it evolve over time. 

For optimum enjoyment of this wine, please decant and serve at about 64 ºF.

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Varietal and Harvest Information

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Roy Estate: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Harvested

September 28 - October 17, 2005

Vinification

Concrete tanks / Open top fermenters

Maceration time

21 days

Malolactic fermentation

100% barrel fermentation

Cooperage

100% new Taransaud French oak

Barrel Age

24 months in new French oak
No fining / No filtration

Bottled

December 3, 2007

Production

585 cases

Finished Wine

Alcohol

14.2%

TA

5.6 g/l

pH

3.90

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