Roy Estate Estate Proprietary Red 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

$75.00 $49.99
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Item No. 99553
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP95
  • ST92
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot

Full of energy, the wine will have a very long life. It has good acidity (the grapes ripened under cooler weather conditions), intense color/flavors (volcanic soil) and soft and sweet tannins (balanced vines and low yields). The 2005 Proprietary Red Wine expresses flavors of blackberry, licorice, espresso beans and Asian spices. Lush and rich in the attack, the wine carries on with harmony and depth finishing with ripe, soft tannins and aromas of black tea, bacon, smoke and licorice. It's tasting great right now. Enjoy the beautiful fruit today and then watch it evolve over time.

Critical Acclaim

"This 17-acre vineyard on the eastern side of Napa is owned by Charles and Shirley Roy. Located in what is known as the Soda Canyon area, the vineyard was planted under the direction of Helen Turley, but today’s winemaker is Philippe Melka. They have two wines in their cuvee, a Bordeaux blend and, of course, their Cabernet Sauvignon. Of course, Soda Canyon is a southern Napa region and cool, much like its neighbor Stags Leap. This wine exhibits very Bordeauxlike notes of black currants, chocolate, underbrush, and some background oak. With beautiful sweet fruit, striking elegance, well-integrated acidity, and a dense ruby/purple color and medium to full body, this will be a long-lived wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025."
95 Points

"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."
92 Points

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Learn About Roy Estate

On the eastern side of Napa Valley, in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains, there is a secluded vineyard - the vineyard of Roy Estate. The mission of Roy Estate is to produce the very best wines possible from this tiny valley within a valley.

As the proprietors of Roy Estate, we think of ourselves as caretakers of this special property. We feel privileged to be entrusted with its care.

Our first wines, the 2004 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon & 2004 Estate Grown Proprietary Red Wine, were released in 2007.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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