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.
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 have tasted so many cabs in my day, but never one I would rate as highly as this. From start to finish, this is by far the best I have ever had....and not best on average score. Best in each and every category, nose, entry, midpalate and finish. Did I mention how it actually tastes? I have had a few structurally perfect wines that tasted quite good but not great. This Carl Roy wins on taste, too. Hands down. 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.......
I liked it!
by Ted Booth
This was the second bottle of wine opened for Christmas dinner served with big, thick tenderloin steaks and a red wine sauce. I've forgotten what the first one was but it did come from WA. But this wine blew me us away. For me there was a big hit of Napa tar, like a Howell Mtn. wine. But where some of those are so tannic they never come around this one mastered the task. Delicious!
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.
As with the 2007 (one of my go to ‘drinking’ – rather than sipping- Cabs) give this one two or three years in the cellar- by then it may well surpass the 07 judging from its relative (youthful) smoothness. I say drinking Cab because these are less about complexity of flavor than texture and balance. Rich yet utterly quaffable, I wouldn’t usually call a Cab thirst quenching, but am tempted to do so here.
Back to Back with the Ramey Claret
Drank this back to back with the Ramey 2011 Claret. The Ramey was as expected a bit softer than the Carl Roy. The Carl Roy had a bit more staying power with lingering tabacco overtones. Enjoyed both.
great value, in between the smooth and supple napa cabs and the very bold oaky ones. Good balance for my taste, complex with out biting back
Taste Again Next Year
Powerful aroma and body; fruity; still too young and tannic but its power and balance promise a 5* in its future; long aftertaste
My first review came in at three stars - needed to sit for a while. Just opened a bottle after a year - delicious. still young, but ready to drink now. I drank it with a strip steak, Swiss chard, and rice cooked in stock. What really impressed me was how it came out after a bite of the chard - the acid of the dish really sets the deep, rich, but delicately balanced purple fruit of this wine on a pedestal. Perhaps a bit young, but I hope I have the patience to hold on for a few years before opening the other two.
Rated on future expectations
We really liked this but four stars today might be generous. I layed down three bottles of the 07 Roy and that payed off well. Opened one for Thanksgiving and it was hands down the crowd favorite.
Expect this one to age similar. Very good now with high expectations to earn the 4 star and beyond.
My first try with Wine Acess
Some what new at tasting better wines from Napa. This was my first purchase and waited for Christmas. Found it easy to drink with or without a meal. Not very silky but still enjoyable.
SMOOTH AND BALANCED
I'm just now getting into Napa cabs so my comparison is very limited. With that being said, I loved this wine on it's own merits. It's smooth, well balanced and wonderful to drink all on its own, even without food. Although I'm sure it would do just fine paired with a nice steak or pork loin.
A very good Cab
A good solid Cab for a reasonable investment. Nice fruit, good tannins and relatively smooth for a new vintage. Better after 2 hours open, less acid. Stands up to heavy foods.
The next day
I didn't finish my glass the evenimg I opened the bottle. So, I wrapped plastic wrap over the wine glass until the following evening. I was pleasantly surprised. This is definately one to lay down for future enjoyment.
Nice but not 2007
The 2009 Carl Roy CSESC is a well made cab from the vintage. Tabacco undertones and a somewhat dusty finish. After a little breathing time the fruit revealed itself. I enjoyed it but set my expectations unrealistically high after drinking a bottle of the 2007 Carl Roy the night before.
Quite disappointing overall, Tasted 12/12. Appears to be not particularly ripe, lean and closed in nose. Would not repurchase.
I was so excited about this wine that I admit to opening a bottle a day after it arrived. Probably should have let it rest for a month, but it was too tempting. It was good, but not great; fruity and tangy with young tannins that haven't melded yet. An off color but still funny joke. I'll have another bottle in six months, but I think the rest need to sit for a year to come together.
Not Flawed or Corked, just plain awful