This year, the Eastside Cuvee hails from a primo vineyard just off the Silverado Trail– perfectly positioned next to neighbors Caymus and Frog’s Leap and just down the road, Quintessa. Amongst the elite, Carl Roy’s team locked into some incredible fruit, with gorgeous blackberry jammy opulence, firm grippy tannins and that signature Rutherford earthiness to the finish that many try to emulate but can only be reproduced off the special soil from which this elegant Cab was created.
Amongst a sea of giants is where Carl Roy is most comfortable. It was like that all those years ago at Jean Georges in a crowded list of Napa’s Elites. While all of Carl Roy’s neighbors this year will fetch $90-$100 bottle easily for their Cabernet bottlings– this one will once again stick out like a sore thumb.