Royale 2010

“Royale” Red Blend


Featured in SF Chronicle’s Top 100 wines of 2012

Category: .
Vintage: 2010
AVA: Columbia Valley
Varietals: Red Blend

Wine:  2010 “Royale” Red Blend

I think I’ll refer to Jon Bonné, from the SF Chronicle, with his review: “Napa native Travis Scarborough is now solo at his Tukwila winery, and his Merlot-rich Royale is one of the best Washington blends to appear in a while – the sort of wine that redeems your faith in Merlot, with its heady tea, jasmine and bayberry accents.”  Couldn’t agree more.  Just one thing to add:  this wine is going fast, so I recommend adding this to your collection.

Blend:  29% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Petit Verdot

Cases Produced:    421

Barrel Program:      100% French Oak, 55% new

Aging:                    24 months

Merlot Vineyards:
Wallula (The Benches), Horse Heaven Hills
Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley
Meek Vineyards, Yakima Valley

Cabernet Franc Vineyards:
Dineen Vineyard, Yakima Valley
Meek Vineyards, Yakima Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyards:
Lewis Vineyard, Yakima Valley
Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley

Petit Verdot Vineyards:
Meek Vineyard, Yakima Valley, Benton City
Dineen Vineyard, Yakima Valley


91 pts Wine Specator:
“Tightly structured, with firm tannins and a lean core of mint-accented black cherry and licorice flavors, lingering well on an expressive finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2018.-H.S.”

90pts Wine Advocate:
“…checks in as a blend of roughly equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Travis’ take on a right bank Bordeaux, it delivers plenty of mulberry, blackberry, underbrush, mint and toast aromas and flavors as well as a full-bodied, voluptuously textured palate profile. A total crowd pleaser, with a pure, seamless feel, it will drink nicely over the coming 5-6 years. Drink now-2019.”

SF Chronicle:
Travis Scarborough’s tiny label in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila scored again with this Merlot- and Franc-focused blend (plus Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot), which taps a range of sites across the Yakima Valley. The vintage brought an even more unusual delicacy to it: a tangy, spicy aspect to the berry fruit, with dried sage, green olive, freesia and carob. That’s balanced by the raw mineral aspect of the 2010 The Main Event Cabernet Sauvignon ($35, 14.2%), again a mix of mostly Yakima fruit, with a sleek, brambly character and subtler tannins than you’d expect.

Additional Information

Weight 3.1 lbs
Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 in