California Wine USD 59.95 750ml

Robert Foley Merlot Napa Valley 2008

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Make no mistake; our Merlots are for Cabernet lovers. Big and bold, rich and powerful explosions of black cherry and coffee flavors are framed in substantial yet soft tannins. The mid palate shows a gush of candied fruit and a viscous mouth-feel. All Merlot, our homegrown Howell Mountain fruit again combines with Merlot from the warmer Valley floor vineyards to provide a delightful balance of structure and a big round middle.

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Robert Foley Winery:
Robert Foley began his wine making career in the Napa Valley in 1977, working at a number of highly regarded Napa Valley wineries including the famous Pride Mountain Vineyards, where he spent 15 years as founding wine maker. During this period he also created the highly acclaimed Switchback Ridge, Hourglass, Paloma, School House, and Engel Family wines. In 1998 Robert Foley Vineyards bottled... Read more
Robert Foley began his wine making career in the Napa Valley in 1977, working at a number of highly regarded Napa Valley wineries including the famous Pride Mountain Vineyards, where he spent 15 years as founding wine maker. During this period he also created the highly acclaimed Switchback Ridge, Hourglass, Paloma, School House, and Engel Family wines. In 1998 Robert Foley Vineyards bottled their first Claret, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and over the last 10 years have expanded and diversified their own production. Bob’s reputation for producing very expressive wines which finish gracefully continues to develop at the new winery facility on the summit of Napa County’s Howell Mountain. Bob and wife and Business Manager Kelly Kehoe house over 1000 barrels in an extensive cave system which they completed in summer of 2008 for the production of Robert Foley wines. When Bob's not making wine he spends quality time with his wife Kelly, his children, and his new grand daughter. You can also find Bob at jammin' at venues across the county with his rock and roll group, The Robert Foley Band Read less
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06/21/2011

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

The dense ruby/purple 2008 Merlot has a sweet kiss of toast along with white chocolate/cocoa, plum and black cherry. The wine comes further alive in the mouth with a gorgeous display of red and black fruits infused with chocolate, espresso, and copious pleasurable flavors that present a smorgasbord of all that can be crammed into a Merlot. This full-bodied, opulently textured, voluptuous Merlot is about as good as it gets. It is irresistible now but certainly capable of lasting a decade or more mdash; if anyone has the willpower to resist it.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Good ruby-red. Plum, redcurrant, cocoa powder, licorice and dark chocolate on the nose, with complementary oak tones; I would have guessed this had a significant percentage of cabernet sauvignon. Then concentrated, chewy and deep, with ripe acidity framing the sweet plum and cassis flavors. Large-scaled and chocolatey-rich merlot, finishing with sweet tannins and noteworthy length. Perhaps a bit more energetic than the 2007 version.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

It is hard to find much better Merlot than Foley's 2007 Merlot. This is a blockbuster wine as well. Opulent, exuberant, with that certain "wow" factor from layers of melted fudge, espresso roast, plum, fig, and black cherry and currants, there is an impression of sweetness because of the high levels of alcohol/glycerin. This is a whopper to drink over the next 14+ years.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A distinctive style, loaded with high-toned, toasty oak, but there's more than enough depth and richness to carry this. Aromas of currant and espresso lead to supple, structured plum, roasted anise and spice flavors. Tannins tighten the finish. Needs time. Best from 2011 through 2014.



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Make no mistake; our Merlots are for Cabernet lovers. Big and bold, rich and powerful explosions of black cherry and coffee flavors are framed in substantial yet soft tannins. The mid palate shows a gush of candied fruit and a viscous mouth-feel. All Merlot, our homegrown Howell Mountain fruit again combines with Merlot from the warmer Valley floor vineyards to provide a delightful balance of structure and a big round middle.

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