“A Quintessential Example of What Perfection Is”
When a 100-point winemaker makes a $27 proprietary red, they do so from a paradigm of the $200+ wines they also make. When we can offer that wine at $14.99 it’s time to grab a case or two. Winemaker Tim Milos 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.” Tim’s experience at Opus One, Cliff Lede, and Hidden Ridge has honed a mastery of Bordeaux varietals 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. This would be good buying at the $27 price it sells for elsewhere. Thanks to our winery direct model, today from Wine Access an incredible $14.99. This will sell out today.
Tim Milos is a fifth-generation Bay Area native, but it was a PhD in molecular genetics that led him to winemaking. While pursuing his degree at Cornell, Tim caught the wine bug at an estate in the Finger Lakes. Tim soon realized that he would never be able to spend his life sitting in a lab day and night, so he moved back home and enrolled in the famed enology program at UC Davis. Since graduating, Tim 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.
Talking with Tim last week, it was clear that he put the same amount of effort into crafting the 2014 Lola Kay that he puts into countless high-scoring wines that fetch triple-digit prices.
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,” Tim told me. 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.”
Grape quality is at the center of the philosophy at Lola Kay and the team reaches far beyond the realms of most $30 wines in their pursuit of excellence.
The result speaks for itself. The 2014 Proprietary Red Wine is singular and expressive, displaying deep crimson hues and magnificent blackberry, blueberry, and cranberry aromatics. Tim’s signature, superb balance, is written all over this wine, as is an elegant richness usually reserved for pricier bottlings.