Proprietor Shirley Roy and her consulting winemaker Philippe Melka have a done a great job with these current and upcoming releases. One of the key attributes of Roy’s wines is their early accessibility. The 2009s have turned out just as well as I had hoped, while the 2010s – the product of tiny yields – are a touch more complex.
91-93 POINTS (NOT YET RELEASED) 2011 Roy Estate
The 2011 Proprietary Red is nicely balanced in this vintage. The cool, late growing season complements some of the wine’s more overt, jammy leanings. Grilled herbs, smoke, tobacco and licorice all add complexity on a finish laced with expressive floral and spiced notes. I am curious to see how the 2011 develops over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
91-93 POINTS (NOT YET RELEASED) 2011 Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is another vivid, complex and multi-dimensional wine. Savory herbs, new leather, tobacco and mint all take shape in the glass, but today the 2011 is mostly defined by its dark, enveloping personality. Shirley Roy’s Cabernet Sauvignon shows plenty of promise in 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
92-94 POINTS (NOT YET RELEASED) 2010 Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon presents an intriguing array of smoke, scorched earth, incense, new leather and savory herbs. Tense, full–bodied and opulent, the 2010 brings together the best qualities of this site and the vintage. The 2010 is unusually vivid, nuanced and complex for such a big wine. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
91 POINTS 2010 Roy Estate
Roy’s 2010 Proprietary Red has a little more delineation and nuance than the 2009. Freshly cut flowers, violets, super ripe dark fruit, mocha, espresso, chocolate, plums, cassis and black currants all jump from the glass in this opulent full-bodied huge wine. Layers of fruit continue to build to the creamy, expressive finish. In 2010, the blend is 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
92 POINTS 2009 Roy Estate
The 2009 Proprietary Red bursts from the glass with juicy dark cherries, flowers, mint violets and tar. A super-ripe wine, the 2009 caresses the palate with gorgeous depth. This voluptuous, opulent wine has plenty of energy, not to mention considerable appeal. The 2009 is 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Above: Shirley Roy (far right) with the owners of L’Olivier in Houston (foreground) and Classified owner David Smith (background).