2011 Roy Estate Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley
Roy Estate's 17 acre vineyard was planted in 2001 and 2002 by Pina Vineyard Management under the direction of Helen Turley. The vineyard is divided into seventeen blocks, twelve blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, four blocks of Merlot and one block of Petit Verdot; located nn the eastern side of Napa Valley, in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains.
WINEMAKER PHILIPPE MELKA'S TASTING NOTES:
The Roy Estate vineyard produced two solid wines in 2011. From a very difficult and challenging winemaking vintage the extremely low yields produced Roy’s signature aromatics with purity of flavor, depth, and finesse. This wine fills the glass with dense rich fruit aromas of raspberries, dark blackberries, rose petal, chocolate, sage, mint, & anise. Bright notes of French vanilla, mocha and caramel explode from the glass, adding many levels of complexity to the intriguing fruit aromas. It exhibits those approachable soft rounded tannins with a silky integration of great layers, richness and depth with that wonderful long, lingering finish. Another beautiful expression of Roy.For optimum enjoyment of this wine, please decant and serve at about 64 ºF.
VARIETAL AND HARVEST INFORMATION
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot
Appellation: Napa Valley (nestled in Soda Canyon just south of Stags Leap District)
Blend: 100% ROY Estate 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot
Harvested: October 19 - 28, 2011
Concrete tanks/Open top fermenters
20 months in new French oakMaceration Time: 21 days
No fining/No filtration
Malolatic Fermentation:100% barrel fermentation
August 16, 2013
100% new Taransaud French oak
Alchohol: 14.5% TA: 5.29 g/l pH: 3.75