Lola Kay winemaker Tim Milos has earned just about every accolade a winemaker can achieve—multiple placements on annual Top 100 lists, countless wines rated 95 points and above, and a coveted 100-point perfect score from Robert Parker. He lavishes the same care and attention on this 2014 Lola Kay Proprietary Red Wine as he does the 2013 Hidden Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Impassable Mountain Reserve that won 100 points from Robert Parker. The Wine Advocate founder gushed: “If you want a quintessential example of what perfection is in my business, taste this wine! Absolutely remarkable in every sense.” We agree. This Proprietary Red Wine is singular and expressive, displaying deep crimson hues and magnificent blackberry, blueberry, and cranberry aromatics.
When tasting the 2014 Lola Kay, it will become clear that Tim put the same amount of effort into crafting this red blend that he puts into countless high-scoring wines that fetch triple-digit prices. His experience at Opus One, Cliff Lede, and Hidden Ridge has honed a mastery of Bordeaux varieties that’s evident in this red wine’s aromatic and dark-fruited nose, superb balance of opulence and freshness, powerful structure, and well-integrated oak.
Tim and his team tasted over 500 lots of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, narrowing the field to “three to four beautiful lots that work nicely together.” The Cabernet Franc comes from a cool-climate site in Edna Valley, while the other lots come from Sonoma and Napa “estates of note.” As Tim put it, “We should really call this wine NDA, given all the Non-Disclosure Agreements we have to sign every year to source this wine.”
The result speaks for itself. Tim’s signature, superb balance, is written all over this wine, as is an elegant richness usually reserved for pricier bottlings.