2012 Carl Roy Cabernet Sauvignon East Side Cuvée
 
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3.9 out of 5 stars!
Member Reviews:

*****2009 "East Side Cuvée" - Fabulous
An absolute favorite. I bought it twice Phil
-- Phil from Brooklyn, NY

*****2009 "East Side Cuvée" - A Cab lovers dream
Ok, let's just say that if red wine was all that was left after the Apocalypse, I would have no problem surviving. If all that was left was this Carl Roy cab I would consider myself the luckiest man left on the planet... I've never personally rated any wine higher than 93 in my life. I don't know what a 97 or 98 is but this feels like it. I wish Wineaccess had 6 stars on it's histogram for this one. There better be more of this available soon, or I am gonna be one cranky wino.
-- Mark from Naples, FL

*****2009 "East Side Cuvée" - Really nice, especially at the price
One hour decant: This is full of black cherry, blackberry and cassis, both on the nose and the palate. Very balanced with a smooth finish. After more time, the tannins do make an appearance. They are not intrusive, just a little dusty, and after 2.5 hours they seem resolved with the fruit. This is eminently drinkable now and will be even better in a year or two. Truly outstanding value.
-- Ron from Rolla, MO

*****2009 "East Side Cuvée" - This is our house Cab
We buy this one every year and serve it whenever we have guests. Blows them away every time. Then we tell them the price.
-- Jason from Pawtucket, RI

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But as WineAccess grew, and the size of our membership increased tenfold, little by little we were able to pry open those cellar doors. Our greatest challenge was no longer in ferreting out and procuring excellent bottles, but in negotiating prices that corresponded with market conditions.

We didn't get everything right. In fact, we've made a number of horrific decisions. Calling Montalcino's bluff on the eve of the release of the superb 2006 Brunellos cost us dearly. We left Tuscany convinced that prices would fall, and then watched incredulously as those glorious 2006s disappeared in a heartbeat.

Of course, we've made some good calls as well: 2007 in the southern Rhone, 2010 white Burgundies, 2009 Pinot Noirs on Sonoma Coast and Russian River, 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux. We've learned from our mistakes and our successes, and we now approach markets with far more preparation and insight, leveraging WineAccess's now massive selling power for your benefit.

Today, it's time to give ourselves a pat on the back. The call we made in July 2012, as one of the largest and most extraordinary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon crops was hanging on the vine, will go down as our most prescient since that first story hit a member's inbox.

Since 2009, Chad Alexander's "East Side Cuvée" has lit up the WineAccess scoreboard like few under-$40 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, garnering 138 perfect 5-star ratings and reviews. But as you may remember, in 2011 and again in 2012, we had an unpleasant run-in with our winemaker friend, when a large chunk of our allocation was redirected to NYC's Restaurant Jean-Georges at 1 Central Park West. In the summer of 2012, as we drove up to St. Helena, we hatched a plan to trump Jean-Georges.

The 2008-2011 vintages were woefully short, burning holes in winery balance sheets. New winery ventures were caught in the cash-flow muck. In the summer of 2012, while everyone was ecstatic about the upcoming harvest, many had no idea how they were going to pay for it. Carl Roy — and others — needed a hedge. We'd done our homework, and never hesitated. When the dust settled on what Caymus's Chuck Wagner called a "watershed vintage" for Napa Valley, we'd beaten one of NYC's gastronomic palaces to the punch!

The 2012 Carl Roy "East Side Cuvée" is drawn from two rocky parcels in blue-chip St. Helena, one a stone's throw from Heitz and Hall, the other just next door to Luc Morlet's vineyard on Highway 29. Purple/black to the rim with lavish aromas of blackberry and mountain blueberry preserves, laced with new-wood cedar. Massively concentrated on the attack, like all the top 2012s, plush and velour-like in texture, the core features a dense mix of crushed-black-fruit compote, violets and Left Bank graphite, all bracketed by the sturdy tannins — the calling card of St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now (ONLY if you must!) through 2022.



Tasting Notes

2012 Carl Roy Cabernet Sauvignon East Side Cuvée
"The 2012 Carl Roy "East Side Cuvée" is drawn from two rocky parcels in blue-chip St. Helena, one a stone's throw from Heitz and Hall, the other just next door to Luc Morlet's vineyard on Highway 29. Purple/black to the rim with lavish aromas of blackberry and mountain blueberry preserves, laced with new-wood cedar. Massively concentrated on the attack, like all the top 2012s, plush and velour-like in texture, the core features a dense mix of crushed-black-fruit compote, violets and Left Bank graphite, all bracketed by the sturdy tannins — the calling card of St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now (ONLY if you must!) through 2022."
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