This new red blend is comprised of estate grown, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot
This wine highlights Roy Estate's slopeside vineyards at the base of Atlas Peak, embodying its "valley within a valley" terroir
Crafted by winemaker Philippe Melka, this unreleased wine is aged 20 months in 100% new French oak Taransaud barrels
Philippe Melka, Winemaker
I'm a non-interventionist, and prefer to let the vineyard/grapes express themselves through the wine.
University of Bordeaux - geology, viticulture, enology
Honors / Awards
F&W Winemaker of the Year
Philippe Melka began working at Roy Estate in April 2005. He is one of the world's most respected winemakers, who is best known for "finding the voice of the vineyard through its terroir," as Philippe puts it. Philippe was born and raised in the Bordeaux region and graduated from the University of Bordeaux with a degree in geology in 1989 and then earned a second degree in enology in 1991, specializing in agronomy and vineyard soils. He began his career working at wineries in France (Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau Petrus), Italy (Badia a Coltibuono), Australia (Chittering Estate) and California (Dominus and Ridge) before settling in the Napa Valley in 1994.
"Philippe's attention to detail is amazing," explains Charles Roy, "whether it's how he ropes off sections of the vineyard to differentiate how and when they're to be harvested or how he adds his touch with his thorough understanding of the vineyard as well as each step in the winemaking process."
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