This was an especially sentimental visit for us, having known Shirley and Charles since they started their winery in 1999. The couple have always worked so tirelessly to craft world-class wines and engage Napa Valley’s most sought-after winemaking consultants. Planting the best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot fruit in the blessed terroir of the sprawling 17-acre site they strived to make wine worthy of the Grands Crus de Napa Valley designation.
It’s a new day for the property, which survived Charles’ passing, and the 2017 fires which destroyed Shirley’s home. The proprietors Stephany Maillery and Stephan Crétier serve as stewards of the land, positioned at the cooler southern end of Napa just south of the renowned Stag’s Leap District. Along with the team at Roy they set the highest expectations for themselves, the awareness and appreciation of the land is apparent in everything they do, which we love them for! The meticulous care and guidance of renowned winemaker Philippe Melka is praised by Shirley for his attention to detail and thorough understanding of the winemaking process. Melka aims to minimize the technique and focus directly on the land and its unique qualities, showing the site through the wine and respecting the grapes. These are just some of the many reasons the Roy Estate is a celebrated and cherished part of the VC family!
We are so excited about their new building, which is gorgeous and the perfect compliment to the wines and the terroir. Here’s to a new era at Roy.