Roy Piper

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.547 ratings
9.65 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.5

My experience is limited with these wines, but I’ve been fortunate to try a few older vintages (‘10 and ‘12), and absolutely love the videos Roy sends out periodically. Last time he gave an update on the 2014 was late last year (I think?) and recommended an 8hr slow ox. I double decanted this for about 4hrs, then consumed from the bottle over the next 2hrs.

Moulds & GIII vineyards. Deep red/black in the glass, almost purple. Aromatics of ripe mixed berry pie, dark currant, dark chocolate black cherries, and some Christmas spice here. Downright gorgeous on the palate…silky, commanding, rich yet still vibrant. Decadent dark red and black fruits, graphite, sweet espresso and extremely fine grain tannins on the finish. With proper air, this is really delicious.

My experience is limited with these wines, but I’ve been fortunate to try a few older vintages (‘10 and ‘12), and absolutely love the videos Roy sends out periodically. Last time he gave an update on the 2014 was late last year (I think?) and recommended an 8hr slow ox. I double decanted this for about 4hrs, then consumed from the bottle over the next 2hrs.

Moulds & GIII vineyards. Deep red/black in the glass, almost purple. Aromatics of ripe mixed berry pie, dark currant, dark chocolate black cherries, and some Christmas spice here. Downright gorgeous on the palate…silky, commanding, rich yet still vibrant. Decadent dark red and black fruits, graphite, sweet espresso and extremely fine grain tannins on the finish. With proper air, this is really delicious.

1 person found it helpfulOct 24th, 2021
Andrew S

Fantastic wine. Wow. It was drinking beautifully. Well proportioned, with nice black cherry and blackberry notes. A great graphite/gravel edge. Nice lengthy finish and acidity was really pleasing.

Fantastic wine. Wow. It was drinking beautifully. Well proportioned, with nice black cherry and blackberry notes. A great graphite/gravel edge. Nice lengthy finish and acidity was really pleasing.

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2020
Robert Rothfield

6 hr slow ox, 4 hour decant and this was Ready for business...great bottle

6 hr slow ox, 4 hour decant and this was Ready for business...great bottle

1 person found it helpfulJun 16th, 2019
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.6

Ok, No need to annoy you guys, but IF you’re not on the list then... well, then you don’t know Napa as I do. Period.

Ok, No need to annoy you guys, but IF you’re not on the list then... well, then you don’t know Napa as I do. Period.

1 person found it helpfulJul 20th, 2018
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.8

Despite its youthful appearance, there’s no doubt about its hidden secrets which will unfold in another few years. Seriously impressive stuff. Best from 2025.

Despite its youthful appearance, there’s no doubt about its hidden secrets which will unfold in another few years. Seriously impressive stuff. Best from 2025.

1 person found it helpfulMay 4th, 2018
leon egozi

Number 2 WOTN for me

Number 2 WOTN for me

Dec 26th, 2021
Brian Messineo

Followed Roy’s advice on his most recent video and gave this an 8 hour slow-ox. That did the trick as this was drinking really well.

Followed Roy’s advice on his most recent video and gave this an 8 hour slow-ox. That did the trick as this was drinking really well.

Dec 21st, 2020
Rob Sternthal

Cherries. Tannins still ever present. Big fruity bomb of a cabernet. It’s so much about @Roy Piper and his blog and videos as it is with his wines. I enjoy the idiosyncratic nature of both!

Cherries. Tannins still ever present. Big fruity bomb of a cabernet. It’s so much about @Roy Piper and his blog and videos as it is with his wines. I enjoy the idiosyncratic nature of both!

Sep 8th, 2020
John B
9.4

Couple hours in a decanter. Could probably use a few more. But still luscious red fruits and graphite for miles. Really love this wine.

Couple hours in a decanter. Could probably use a few more. But still luscious red fruits and graphite for miles. Really love this wine.

Jun 3rd, 2019
David Rubinoff

Hard to follow the Piper! Superb wine and friends!

Hard to follow the Piper! Superb wine and friends!

Apr 17th, 2019