By: Bryan Brick
K&L Staff Member
Robert & Rodgers is not a household name in Cabernet yet. Yet is key word in the previous sentence because producers with this kind of dedication and background will not be under the radar for long. R&R started as a joint project between Robert Young and Roger Louer back in 1999 when they sourced fruit from a vineyard high upon Howell Mountain for their first vintage. In 2009 Roger made his first wine from his Louer Family Vineyard in St. Helena selecting the best barrels from his 34 acre parcel. Made in 100% new French oak this pure Cabernet has never been shy and in 2013 really strikes another victory for a tremendous vintage.
Hefty from the onset this is a powerful wine full of muscular tones of dark chocolate and carob with tons of cookie dough and other confectionary tones over a savory, game driven base. Ripe and extracted on entry this comes at you with bombast and intensity but slowly relents and you’re left with a sense of beauty and class. Dry throughout with no excessive oak toast the wine is framed in a way that lifts the cassis, cocoa dusted cherry, chaparral and sandalwood tones rather than bogging them down. I was impressed with the balance here in that where so many Napa wines these days are going for broke, and this one pulls up just short to be sure, the folks at Roberts & Rogers realized that just a little restraint can make a world of difference.