Roy’s Restaurant Wine List Review

Roy’s Restaurant

575 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA

P: 415.777.0277

http://roysrestaurant.com

 

Roy’s Restaurant Wine List Review

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We have eaten at this high-end chain in San Francisco, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii (a/ka/ The Big Island), and it rocks.  Great food, service and ambience, and the wine list always has a number of compelling options at both ends of the price spectrum.


VINOSERVANT’S TOP WINE VALUES AT ROY’S RESTAURANT

Sparkling Wines

10 selections that range in price from $34 to $276

 

Mumm, Napa Valley, Brut Rose, Non-Vintage | $42 | 2.5x | WS 90 | TP

Moet & Chandon, Imperial, Non-Vintage | $70 | 1.9x | WW 90 | TP

Perrier Jouet, Grand Brut, Non Vintage | $80 | 2.0x | WS 90

 

White Wines

 52 selections that range in price from $28 to $96

 

2010 Maso Canali, Trentino – Aldo Adige, Pinot Grigio | $44 | 2.2x

2010 Don Olegario, Rias Baixes, Albarino | $40 | 2.2x | TP

 

2010 Wild Horse Winery, Central Coast, Viognier | $36 | 2.2x

2009 Robert Mondavi, Fume Blanc | $28 | 1.9x | WE 89 | TP

2010 St. Supery, Virtu, Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc | $52 | 2.3x

2009 Duckhorn, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc | $56 | 2.0x | WS 87

2010 Pascal Jolivet, Loire Valley, Sancerre | $56 | 2.5x | WS 90

 

2008 Penfolds, Thomas Hyland, Riesling | $34 | 2.4x | WS 90 | TP

2008 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz), Butterfly, Mosel, Riesling | $40 | 2.3x | WS 86

2009 Gunderloch, Jean-Baptiste, Kabinett, Riesling | $46 | 2.5x | WA 88 | TP

2006 Weingut, Robert Weil, Kiedrich Grafenberg, Rheingau, Riesling | $62 | 2.5x | WS 91

 

2010 Babcock, Santa Barbara County Chardonnay | $33 | 1.6x | TP

2009 Flora Springs, Napa Valley, Chardonnay | $40 | 2.3x

2009 Bouchaine, Estate Vineyard, Carneros, Chardonnay | $45 | 1.7x | WS 88 | TP

2010 Ferrari-Carano, Tre Terre, Russian River Valley, Chardonnay | $58 | 2.1x | WE 90

2010 Rombauer, Carneros, Chardonnay | $64 | 2.1x | WS 91

2010 Kistler, Les Noisetiers, Sonoma Mountain, Chardonnay | $93 | 1.6x

 

Red Wines

91 selections that range in price from $28 to $250

 

2008 Van Duzer, Vintner’s Cuvee, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir | $38 | 1.8x | IWC 90 | TP

2008 Bouchaine, Carneros, Pinot Noir | $45 | 1.9x | WS 87 | TP

2009 Domaine Chandon, Carneros, Pinot Noir | $48 | 1.9x

2007 Sanctuary, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, Pinot Noir | $69 | 2.2x | WE 94 | TP

2009 Frank Family, Napa Valley, Pinot Noir | $70 | 2.0x | WS 88

2008 Alysian, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir | $72 | 1.7x | CG 90 | TP

2008 August Briggs, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir | $74 | 2.0x

2009 A.P. Vin, Clos Pepe Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills, Pinot Noir | $79 | 1.7x | WS 91 | TP

 

2008 Cline Cellars, Cashmere | $40 | 2.5x

2007 Paul Jaboulet, Les Jalets, Crozes-Hermitage | $55 | 2.0x

2004 Penfolds, Grange, Shiraz | $475 | 1.1x | WA 99 | TP

 

2008 Eden Canyon, Jolie, Cabernet Sauvignon | $40 | 2.0x

2008 Daou, Paso Robles, Merlot | $44 | 1.3x | TP

2007 Vina Alicia, Morena, Cabernet Sauvignon | $52 | 2.1x | IWC 92 | TP

2009 Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $57 | 2.1x | WE 89

2007 Whitehall Lane, Napa Valley, Merlot | $58 | 2.3x | WS 90 | TP

2008 Swanson, Oakville, Napa Valley, Merlot | $60 | 2.4x | WE 90

2006 Peter Franus, Napa Valley, Red Wine | $65 | 1.4x | WS 88 | TP

2010 Chappallet, Cervantes, Cabernet Sauvignon | $68 | 2.3x

2008 Bonneau, Sonoma Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $69 | 1.7x | TP

2006 Merryvale, Napa Valley, Merlot | $77 | 1.9x | WA 88 | TP

2007 Jordan, Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $88 | 2.0x

2009 Caymus, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $107 | 1.8x | WS 91 | TP

2007 Opus One | $250 | 1.3x | WA 95 | TP

 

Sparkling Wines

10 selections that range in price from $34 to $276

 

Mumm, Napa Valley, Brut Rose, Non-Vintage

Retail Price: $17 at Napacabs

  • $42 at Roy’s | 2.5x

90 points Wine Spectator: Fresh and lively, yet rich, with strawberry and spicy yeast aromas and lush, ripe flavors of cherry, vanilla and crisp apple. Drink now. 45,000 cases made. –TF

Winemaker Notes: Formerly known as the Mumm Napa Blanc de Noirs release, our Brut Rosé offers a bouquet of ripe Pinot Noir fruit, rich with black cherry and strawberry notes. Part of the wine is initially fermented in the press, producing the soft fruity character that gives Brut Rosé its directness, while a small percentage of Chardonnay gives the wine power and structure. This more robust quality makes Brut Rosé a wonderful wine with many kinds of cuisine, ranging from Thai to Italian.

Moet & Chandon, Imperial, Non-Vintage

Retail Price: $37 at Bevmo

  • $70 at Roy’s | 1.9x

90 points Wilfred Wong: Pretty fine and quite alluring, the smooth and layered Moet & Chandon Imperial is an easy-drinking Champagne with fine fruitness; layered in the aftertaste.

Winemaker’s Notes: Golden yellow with shades of amber. Aroma of flowers, hazelnuts, and biscuits. Soft with a fruit finish, evoking the peach.

Perrier Jouet, Grand Brut, Non Vintage

Retail Price: $40 at K&L Wines

  • $69 at The House of Prime Rib | 1.7x
  • $80 at Roy’s | 2.0x

90 points Wine Spectator: A toasty version, displaying a polished texture and flavors of Golden Delicious apple, pastry and spiced orange peel. This is lively, with a pretty floral note running throughout. Drink now.”

Winemaker’s Notes: Fresh and lively with spiraling bubbles, delicate bouquet, and a subtle complex flavors. Serve for all occasions, hors d’oeuvres, caviar, seafood dishes with light elegant sauces, or smoked salmon. Alcohol 12.0%.

 

White Wines

 52 selections that range in price from $28 to $96

 

2010 Maso Canali, Trentino – Aldo Adige, Pinot Grigio

Retail Price: $20 at Wine.com

  • $44 at Roy’s | 2.2x
  • $48 at Fleming’s | 2.4x 

Winemaker’s Notes: This wine delivers nectarine and light citrus notes. It is well-balanced with depth on the palate, fresh acidity and a long clean finish. Alcohol 13%.

2010 Don Olegario, Rias Baixes, Albarino

Retail Price: $18 at Napacabs

  • $40 at Roy’s | 2.2x

Winemaker Notes – Don Olegario Albarino is a quintessential expression of this elegant, aromatic variety, showing bright citrus, grapefruit and white fruit flavors and aromas with seductive floral notes underscored by a fresh, vibrant acidity. The finish is long and vivid, ending on a crisp note of lemon peel.

2010 Wild Horse Winery, Central Coast, Viognier

Retail Price: $17 @ the Winery

  • $36 at Roy’s | 2.2x

Winemaker’s Notes: Made from 100% Viognier, our 2010 blend has beautiful aromas of lychee and fruit blossoms followed by a delicious mouth full of apricot, tangerine, and peach. The brilliantly balanced acidity begs for this Viognier to be paired with semi‐soft cheeses such as gruyere and chêvre or with a Thai salad. Alcohol 14.5%.

2009 Robert Mondavi, Fume Blanc

Retail Price: $15 at Beltramo’s

  • $28 at Roy’s | 1.9x

89 points Wine Enthusiast: Not clear why the winery has to identify this on the front label as Sauvignon Blanc after all these years of calling it Fumé Blanc, but it’s an awfully good wine, especially at this price. Dry and crisply acidic, it shows mouthwateringly clean flavors of citrus fruits, gooseberries and minerals.

Winemaker’s Notes: Plush, exotic aromas of guava, passion fruit and verbena layer over flavors of ripe white peaches and nectarines on the palate, wrapped in mouth-watering acidity and extending into a lively finish. Blend: 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon. Alcohol 13.8%.

2010 St. Supery, Virtu, Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $23 at Wine.com

  • $52 at Roy’s | 2.3x

Winemaker’s Notes: This pale yellow wine is speared by streaks of brilliant youthful green. Bright aromas of lemon zest, guava and pink grapefruit combine with seductive nuances of toasted oak and sur lie maturation. The flavors follow with lemon zest, lychee, guava, grapefruit rind and a subtle creaminess enhanced by the smoky barrel notes. This is a vibrant, textured wine with tremendous flavor. Enjoy! Blend: 51% Semillon and 49% Sauvignon Blanc. Alcohol 14.1%.

2009 Duckhorn, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $28 Average Price Wine-Searcher

  • $56 at Roy’s | 2.0x

87 points Wine Spectator: A lovely wine, offering fleshy, ripe melon, nectarine and apricot flavors that are focused and juicy, with hints of grapefruit and lemon on the crisp finish. Drink now.

Winemaker’s Notes: This complex and focused Sauvignon Blanc seamlessly combines mouth-filling fruit with refreshing acidity. The aromas highlight elements of bright citrus and passion fruit, underscored by pineapple and layers of gala apple and lychee. The tropical aromas are echoed on the palate and given added dimension by the addition of Semillon, which helps to showcase the juicy guava, passion fruit and pineapple upside-down cake flavors, alongside notes of fresh apple, vanilla and key lime pie. 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Sémillon. Alcohol 13%.

2010 Pascal Jolivet, Loire Valley, Sancerre

Retail Price: $23 at Bevmo

  • $56 Roy’s | 2.5x

90 points Wine Spectator: The ’10 Jolivet Sancerre has a bony and mouthwatering style, with lots of flint framing the lime, chive and fleur de sel notes; shows great cut on the finish.

2008 Penfolds, Thomas Hyland, Riesling

Retail Price: $14 at Wine.com

  • $34 at Roy’s | 2.4x

90 points Wine Spectator: Bright, tangy and juicy, offering a mouthwatering whoosh of lime blossom-scented pear and apple flavors, lingering effortlessly on the vivid finish. Drink now through 2014.

Winemaker’s Notes: Thomas Hyland Riesling is made in an off-dry style and was sourced from the Adelaide region. The wine has spent a small amount of time on yeast lees, which has given the wine greater fruit concentration and a softer mouth-feel whilst maintaining freshness and natural acidity. Alcohol 12%.

2008 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz), Butterfly, Mosel, Riesling

Retail Price: $17 at Solano Cellars

  • $40 at Roy’s | 2.3x

86 points Wine Spectator: This off-dry white exhibits grapefruit, peach and white pepper notes, backed by crisp acidity. Tails off slightly on the finish. Drink now. 2,500 cases imported. –BS

 

2009 Gunderloch, Jean-Baptiste, Kabinett, Riesling

Retail Price: $18 at Solano Cellars

  • $46 at Roy’s | 2.5x

88 points Wine Advocate:  Although I have not yet had a chance to taste Gunderlochos 2007 dry estate Riesling – often one of my favorite German Riesling for the price – their 2007 Riesling Kabinett Jean-Baptiste is a highly successful installment of that wine from the classic red soils of Nackenheim and Nierstein, and finished with just a hint of sweetness. Peach, tangerine zest and musk melon in the nose lead to an orange sorbet-like palate with smoky, wet stone and bitter citrus zest inflections. The residual sugar here really supports the fruit, then backs off to permit a finish highly suggestive of minerality. This can be enjoyed for at least the next 3-5 years. – Jun 2012

2006 Weingut, Robert Weil, Kiedrich Grafenberg, Rheingau, Riesling

Retail Price: $25 at Hops & Grapes

  • $62 at Roy’s | 2.5x

91 points Wine Spectator: Has an added dimension of ripeness and concentration. Apricot, peach and lemon notes mingle with the bright acidity. Overall, starts better than it finishes. Drink now through 2018.

2010 Babcock, Santa Barbara County, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $20 @ the Winery

  • $33 at Roy’s | 1.6x

Winemaker’s Notes: This year’s blend is especially nice. Not only did I receive a beautiful delivery of fruit through my Loma Verde contract, I was also able to pick up a few last second tons from the Rancho Sisquoc Vineyard up in Santa Maria. In the wine you get the acidity and minerality from our fruit and the varietal character and flesh from the other two vineyards. With a nose of Golden Delicious apple, this bottling is hard to resist. There’s a touch of a crème caramel going thing on in the finish as well. The mouth is very succulent; gobs of vanilla.

 

2009 Flora Springs, Napa Valley, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $20 @ the Winery

  • $40 at Roy’s | 2.0x

Winemaker’s Notes: Our Napa Valley Chardonnay combines the enticing characteristics of three highly renowned growing regions in the Napa Valley: Oakville, Carneros, and St. Helena. This blend of fruit from the warmer appellations on the valley floor as well as the cool rolling hills of Carneros allows us to craft a Chardonnay with great intensity and restraint. This bottling celebrates the natural tropical fruit flavors in the fruit sourced from our sustainably farmed vineyards and allows the bright acidity to shine!

2009 Bouchaine, Estate Vineyard, Carneros, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $26 at The Cellar Online

  • $45 at Roy’s | 1.7x

88 points Wine Spectator: Captures fresh, ripe layers of apple, pear and fig flavors that are medium- to full-bodied, retaining a nice balance between acidity and ripeness, ending with a crisp, refreshing aftertaste of lime and citrus. Drink now through 2017. 7,604 cases made. –JL

2010 Ferrari-Carano, Tre Terre, Russian River Valley, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $27 at Napacabs

  • $58 at Roy’s | 2.1x

90 points Wine Enthusiast: According to Wine Enthusiast – Lots to like in this ripe Chardonnay. It has fruit-forward pineapple, kiwi and apricot flavors, brightened with citrusy acidity, and enriched by sweet, smoky oak. A rich, elegant wine to drink now with lamb, ahi tuna or by itself as an appetizer.

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2010 Ferrari-Carano Tré Terre Chardonnay from Russian River Valley is a delicious, medium-bodied wine with aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, pears, green apple, peach, marshmallow, fig and brown sugar. A wine with bright fruit and nice acidity, the Tre Terre Chardonnay has nutmeg, creamy butter and oak spice nuances that linger on the finish.

2010 Rombauer, Carneros, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $30 at The Wine Stop

  • $52 at Waterfront Restaurant | 1.7x
  • $55 at Harris’ Restaurant | 1.8x
  • $64 at Roy’s | 2.1x

91 points Wine Spectator: This ripe, exotic style boasts gobs of fruit but also a measure of finesse. Ripe, sweet-tasting flavors of pear, fig and tangerine are intense and focused, leading to a long, clean, lingering finish. Drink now through 2017. 70,000 cases made. –JL

Winemaker’s Notes: Golden yellow color with a pale hue. Seductive aromas of peach, melon, and citrus are balanced with honeysuckle and vanilla. On the palate, flavors of pears, peaches and melons are backed with lively acidity. A nice touch of vanilla-scented oak provides an added flavor dimension. The creamy palate has a lingering finish of melon and citrus fruit with a satisfying buttery complexity.
Our favorite pairing for this wine includes scallops in a cream sauce, pasta carbonara, chicken risotto and Cornish game hen.

2010 Kistler, Les Noisetiers, Sonoma Mountain, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $59 at Prima Vini

  • $93 at Roy’s | 1.6x

Description from Wine Access: Steve Kistler’s rich, leesy, Burgundy-style Chardonnays, from a series of ideally situated vineyards all around Sonoma County, have long been favorites among collectors and restaurant clients. For good reason. Quality has remained high even as production has grown, and the wines have proven to be excellent mid-term agers. The best Kistler bottlings are among the richest and most complex Chardonnays made anywhere– the key is low-tech, hands-off winemaking that makes the most of the particular vineyard site plus what each vintage has to offer.

 

Red Wines

91 selections that range in price from $28 to $250

 

2008 Van Duzer, Vintner’s Cuvee, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $24 Average Price Cellar Tracker

  • $44 at Roy’s | 1.8x

90 points IWC: Bright ruby. Pungent, high-pitched aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry, rhubarb, fresh herbs and lavender; a compellingly fresh and aromatic pinot that’s showing a lot of personality already. Then fresh, sappy and vibrant, with strong inner-mouth perfume and a slight medicinal cast to its red fruit flavors. Dense yet weightless, with a gently tannic, rising finish and a very good clarity.

2008 Bouchaine, Carneros, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $23 at Empirewine.com

  • $45 at Roy’s | 1.9x

87 points Wine Spectator: This trim red is focused on gravelly, pebbly dried berry fruit that’s complex and vibrant. Medium- to full-bodied, ending with a minerally aftertaste.~JL

89 points Wine Enthusiast: The vineyard is on the Napa side of Carneros. The grapes got quite ripe, to judge from the flavors of black cherries, while 75% new oak adds distinct flavors of sweet, caramelized toast. The wine is pretty tannic, with fine acidity. Give it a few hours in the decanter before pouring.

2009 Domaine Chandon, Carneros, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $25 at Napacabs

  • $48 at Roy’s | 1.9x

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2009 Pinot Noir shows distinct fruitiness and complexity. On the nose also revealed are hints of lavender and thyme joined with cola nut. The fruit aromas are intense and concentrated punctuated by black cherry while sandalwood appears as the wine continues to open. The wine is bright and clean with fresh flavors and well balanced tannins that will stand up well to food. On the finish, oak is well integrated with lingering hint of vanilla.

2007 Sanctuary, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $31 Average Price Wine-Searcher

  • $69 at Roy’s | 2.2x

94 points Wine Enthusiast: A terrific Pinot from a winery that’s building up a great track record with this bottling from Santa Maria’s most famous vineyard. It’s their best yet, with near-perfect acid-tannin balance, and gorgeous, opulent flavors. Tremendously rich in raspberry and cherry pie with dusty Indian spices, Provencal herbs and a lovely coat of sweet, smoky oak. So easy to like, and should develop for a good six years.

Winemaker’s Notes: The wine at first has a light ruby color. It has aromas of black cherry/cherry and violets with the characteristic Bien Nacido dried herbs and light pepper spice balanced by the toasty oak spice and vanilla influence of French oak barrel aging. There are flavors of cherry and red berry with dried herbs followed by a light pepper spice. The sweet oak spice and vanilla is nicely balanced by the fruit flavors. The wine is concentrated and elegant with a rich mouthfeel and lingering finish.Alcohol 14.4%.

2009 Frank Family, Napa Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $35 at Wally’s

  • $70 at Roy’s | 2.0x

88 points Wine Spectator: Firm and well-structured, with a trim, complex mix of mineral, loamy earth, dried berry, rhubarb, herb and floral notes that are full-bodied and complex on the finish. Needs time. Drink now through 2018. 2,586 cases made. –JL

 

2008 Alysian, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $42 Average Price Wine-Searcher

  • $72 at Roy’s | 1.7x

90 points Connoisseurs’ Guide: Bright, red-cherry fruit leads the way in the nose here with accents of dusty rose, rhubarb and a bare touch of anise just off to the side. The wine is medium-bodied and strikes a slightly lighter stance on the palate but still shows a good deal of tactile refinement, and, while it is invigorated by a streak of last-minute acidity, it is never stiff or ungainly. Like its sibling, it is marked by persistent impressions of winemaking polish, and, if in no way a “big” wine it, too, is certain to grow for several years.

Winemaker’s Notes: Our appellation blends are nearly always among our most exciting and alluring wines. They combine complementing cuvees crafted from our finest vineyards to create amazingly complex and complete wines. Consider this wine benefits from the brightness of the Allen Dijon clones, the depth of the Rochioli Pommard and richness of Hallberg Cruz clone; creating a symphony of flavors, texture and intrigue. We are pleased by the tremendous generosity of this wine…without excessive weight, density or extract. Delicious, bright, juicy and satisfying; a wine we are confident will be enjoyed and greatly appreciated by our customers.

 

2008 August Briggs, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $37 Average Price Wine-Searcher

  • $74 at Roy’s | 2.0x

Winemaker’s Notes: Our Russian River Pinot Noir can be our most “Burgundian” style pinot noir, but in 2008 this wine shows plenty of pretty cherry, violet, and strawberry upfront with a bit less earth and leather in the background. It has a nice core of fruit flavors such as ripe cherry and raspberry with a bit of spice at the end. The finish is long, rich, and warm. It is well structured and age worthy. Pair with moderately spiced dishes of grilled chicken, pork, and even beef.

2009 A.P. Vin, Clos Pepe Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $45 at Rye Brook Wine & Spirit Shop

  • $79 at Roy’s | 1.7x

91 points Wine Spectator: Ripe, generous plum and wild berry flavors are pure and focused, leading to a full body, in this fleshy, complex red. Offers an elegant mouthfeel and lingering berry flavors. Drink now through 2018. 150 cases made.

2010 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, Shiraz-Viognier

Retail Price: $14 at K&L Wines

  • $40 at Roy’s | 2.8x

90 points Wine Spectator: Dark and spicy, with violet notes around the blackberry and mineral flavors, finishing with shades of pepper and smoke. Drink now through 2016. 2,100 cases made.

Winemaker’s Notes: A spicy Shiraz from the vineyards of Central Victoria brightens with a boost of Viognier for aroma and balance, as often practiced in France’s most highly regarded appellation of the Northern Rhone Valley, Côte Rôtie. The grapes grown in this Austrialian vineyard where planted on 19th century French rootstocks, another nod to the French tradition & influence in this new world wine. This wine is a collaborative effort between two renowned wine families; Chapoutier from the Rhône Valley in France, and Terlato family of Napa Valley in California. Alcohol 14%.

2007 Paul Jaboulet, Les Jalets, Crozes-Hermitage

Retail Price: $27 at Wine.com

  • $55 at Roy’s | 2.0x

Winemaker’s Notes: This Crozes typically shows classic syrah aromas, vivid red and dark fruit scents, violet, anise and cracked pepper. Supple raspberry and dark cherry flavors are supported by gentle minerality and firmed by dusty tannins. Has silky texture and a long finish. Alcohol 12.5%.

2008 Cline Cellars, Cashmere

Retail Price: $16 Average Price Cellar Tracker

  • $40 at Roy’s | 2.5x

Winemaker’s Notes: 44% Mourvedre, 35% Grenache & 21% Syrah. We initially created this blend as an auction lot for the Hospice du Rhone held in Paso Robles each year. Cashmere is a very flavorful, smooth wine offering big cherry, raspberry and chocolate notes with hints of cracked black pepper and plum. Alcohol 15%.

2004 Penfolds, Grange, Shiraz

Retail Price: $440 at The Cellar Online

  • $475 at Roy’s | 1.1x

99 points Wine Advocate: The 2004 vintage was outstanding in Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Magill, the regions where the grapes were sourced for the marvelous 2004 Grange. It contains 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 16 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays a superb nose of wood smoke, Asian spices, incense, game, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Medium to full-bodied, satin textured, with deeply layered, succulent blackberry, plum, and chocolate flavors, it has the structure and complexity to merit extended cellaring of a decade and more. The winery estimates a drinking curve of 2016 to 2050; I-d be a bit more conservative on the long end of the range. It will ultimately be seen as one of the great vintages of Grange.

2008 Eden Canyon, Jolie, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $20 at Ludwig’s

  • $40 at Roy’s | 2.0x

Winemaker’s Notes: Medium-bodied with delicate blueberry, chocolate, English roses, thyme, coffee, star anise, crimini mushrooms, and granite minerality, “Jolie” (the French word for “pretty”) always sparkles. This Bordeaux style blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and petit verdot is approachable with soft tannins, making it a perfect accompaniment with any meal.

 

2008 Daou, Paso Robles, Merlot

Retail Price: $33 Average Price Cellar Tracker

  • $44 at Roy’s | 1.3x

Winemaker’s Notes: 78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep purple-red wine with strong inky nuances. It is almost opaque with a brilliant sheen that has a violet rim with medium-deep concentration. The complex nose combines black fruits with scents of lavender and sandalwood with traces of mocha and cocoa powder that lead to a lingering finish that expands in your mouth. Full bodied and elegant, as it opens up it lets a beautiful bouquet emerge from the glass as it sits in the glass.  Alcohol 14.6%.

2007 Vina Alicia, Morena, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $25 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars

  • $52 at Roy’s | 2.1x

92 points IWC: Vibrant aromas of black fruits, licorice, minerals and crushed rock. Densely packed but juicy and penetrating, with terrific definition and a slatey coolness to the dark fruit and menthol flavors.

Winemaker’s Notes: The color is saturated dark red garnet.  The wine has great natural tannins and structure for good aging potential. Mature flavors of dark cherry and black currant fill the bouquet with undertones of cedar and cigar box notes. On the palate there is additional complexity with notes of blueberry and chocolate. The Cabernet Franc adds the raspberry, currant leaf and stone-like flavors.

2009 Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $27 at Artisan Wine Depot

  • $57 at Roy’s | 2.1x

89 points Wine Enthusiast: Soft and gentle in texture, this Cabernet is very rich and forward in blackberry and black-currant flavors, enriched with sweet oak. It’s a flashy, opulent wine that’s delicious for drinking now.

Winemaker’s Notes: Experience and share the intense, concentrated flavors of Mount Veeder with this Cabernet Sauvignon. The reputation and style of Mount Veeder Winery helped establish the appellation and broaden the understanding and appreciation of wines from mountain-grown fruit. This special selection of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was chosen from grapes grown in the thin and rugged soils found on our steep hillside vineyards at 1,500 feet of elevation. Our yields are low, typically 1.5 tons per acre, and produce dense, full-bodied wines.

 

2007 Whitehall Lane, Napa Valley, Merlot

Retail Price: $25 at The Wine Stop

  • $58 at Roy’s | 2.3x

90 points Wine Spectator: Sleek and classy, with black cherry and delicate toasty oak aromas that lead to supple, layered flavors of red currant, mocha and spice. Drink now through 2015.

2008 Swanson, Oakville, Napa Valley, Merlot

Retail Price: $25 at K&L Wines

  • $60 at Boulevard | 2.4x
  • $60 at Roy’s | 2.4x 

94 points Wine Enthusiast: One of the best Merlots of the vintage, at a good price for the quality. Shows a structural quality and ripeness that are pure Oakville, with ultra refined tannins, good acidity and plush, complex flavors of black cherries, red currants and licorice that go on and on into a long, spicy finish. New oak comprises 40% of the barrels and adds beautiful notes of toast and warmth.

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2008 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a charming wine, reminiscent more of the Right Bank of Bordeaux than Napa Valley. The nose offers black cherry, plum, and dried red cherry with notes of well-integrated sweet oak and mocha. Firm, ripe tannins characteristic of our Oakville Estate vineyard fill the palate nicely. In the mouth look for raspberry, black cherry, and red licorice. The Petite Verdot contributes a graceful top note of verve and spice. Velvet-smooth and long on the finish. Should continue to improve in the bottle with the optimum drinkability continuing through 2017. 

2006 Peter Franus, Napa Valley, Red Wine

Retail Price: $45 at Solano Cellars

  • $65 at Roy’s | 1.4x

88 points Wine Spectator: Ripe plum, black cherry, wild berry and raspberry flavors are pure, tight and focused. Full-bodied and layered, unfolding gracefully and ending with fleshy, supple tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2011 through 2019. 500 cases made. –JL

2010 Chappallet, Cervantes, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $30 at The Wine Stop

  • $68 at Roy’s | 2.3x

Winemaker’s Notes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec. The 2010Mountain Cuvee is vibrant and harmonious, displaying the complexity of a classic Bordeaux blend, with all the appealing richness of great California winegrowing. The nose offers an immediate rush of sun-ripened fruit and spice that spills from the glass, highlighting notes of dark cherry, plum, cinnamon, mocha and toasted oak. On the palate, abundant black cherry and cola flavors are supported by soft, rich tannins and a supple texture that leads to a long, satisfying finish.

2008 Bonneau, Sonoma Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $40 Average Price Cellar Tracker

  • $69 at Roy’s | 1.7x

Winemaker’s Notes: Our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from a vineyard located on the east side of the Sonoma Valley within the Mayacamas mountain range at higher elevations than the valley floor. The grapes were picked at full maturity and optimal ripeness in order to take advantage of their deep flavors. The Cabernet is deep ruby red in the glass with dark fruit and berry aromas of red currant, blackberries, black cherry, coffee bean, and fennel. The palate is overwhelmed by lush fruit and spice that is lifted by its well-balanced acidity and sturdy tannins. Dense flavors complement the aromatics by offering hints of blackberries, anise, currant, cocoa, mocha, and vanilla. A full-bodied, complex Cabernet with a sturdy backbone and rich finish.  Alcohol 14.1%.

2006 Merryvale, Napa Valley, Merlot

Retail Price: $39 @ the Winery

  • $77 at Roy’s | 1.9x

88 points Wine Advocate: A sleeper of the vintage, the 2006 Merlot (90% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon) offers smoky, charcoal, plum, licorice, currant, and berry notes as well as a soft, seductive texture, medium to full body, and a delicious, forward fruit character. It should drink well for 10-12 years.

Winemaker’s Notes: Our 2006 Napa Valley Merlot shows aromas of brambly blackberry and black currants along with vanilla, dark chocolate, baking spices and roasted sage. The flavors echo the aromas with great focus and intensity in the mouthfeel. 90% Merlot, 6%, Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec. Alcohol 14.8%.

2007 Jordan, Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $43 at Beltramo’s

  • $72 at Waterfront Restaurant | 1.7x
  • $75 at The House of Prime Rib | 1.7x
  • $88 at Roy’s | 2.0x

Winemaker’s Notes: A seamless wine, the 2007 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon exudes beautiful, dense, blackberry aromas that echo through the mid-palate. The mouthfeel is silky-smooth with soft, round tannins accented by a vanilla quality from aging one year in primarily French oak barrels. Enjoyable now or worthy of cellaring through 2020.

2009 Caymus, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $60 at K&L Wine Merchants

Rating: Wine Spectator 91

  • $90 at Waterfront Restaurant | 1.5x
  • $107 at Roy’s | 1.8x

91 points Wine Spectator: Supple and creamy-textured, with mocha, ripe plum and cherry flavors that show touches of tobacco, espresso and underbrush. Full-bodied, gaining tannic traction on the finish, elegant and readily approachable. Drink now through 2018.

2007 Opus One

Retail Price: $190 at The Jug Shop and $212 Average Price Wine-Searcher

  • $200 at Waterfront Restaurant | 1.0x
  • $250 at Roy’s | 1.3x

95 points Wine Advocate: Two of the strongest wines ever made at Opus One, the 2007 has terrific black currant fruit, licorice, incense, and subtle smoke, an opulent, even voluptuous mouthfeel, dazzling purity and texture, and a skyscraper-like mouthfeel. This is a sensational Opus One, with sweet tannin and impressive precision and depth. It can be drunk now or cellared for 25+ years.

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