Robert Foley Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Claret 2008

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Our flagship wine, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is full and rich and utterly even across the palate: side-to-side and front-to-back. Our vineyards on Howell Mountain, Mt Veeder, and Atlas Peak provided structural elements that fit perfectly with the rich middle of the Calistoga Cabernet. Ripe black fruit character combines richly with chocolate and espresso flavors. The balances of fruit, oak, alcohol, extract, and natural acidity draw these flavors and soft fine tannins across the palate and linger there seemingly endlessly – one of my favorite Claret efforts to date.

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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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External Reviews for Robert Foley Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Claret

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/10/2011

(100% cabernet sauvignon): Bright ruby. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, gunflint and bitter chocolate. Sweet and rich, with spice and mineral notes and harmonious acidity framing the fine-grained flavors of blackberry and bitter chocolate. Finishes... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2008 Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 750ml


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/22/2012

Bright ruby. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, gunflint and bitter chocolate. Sweet and rich, with spice and mineral notes and harmonious acidity framing the fine-grained flavors of blackberry and bitter chocolate. Finishes with substantial chewy tannins that will require several years of cellaring. According to winemaker Foley, the Calistoga fruit brings a glyceral quality while the structure comes from the mountain blocks that go into the blend.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2008 Claret (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has that ethereal nose of spring flowers, boysenberry, blueberry, black currant, and spice. Following that seductive aromatic display, Foleyandrsquo;s brilliance is again exhibited in the mouthfeel of this seamless wine, which has full-bodied flavors, no hard edges, gorgeous layers of fruit, and loads of complexity already, but is still a youthful wine with its best days ahead of it. This is brilliant winemaking, as some of us have come to expect from Bob Foley, and it should age well for 15andndash;20 years.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/31/2011

The 2008 Claret (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has that ethereal nose of spring flowers, boysenberry, blueberry, black currant, and spice. Following that seductive aromatic display, Foley's brilliance is again exhibited in the mouthfeel of this seamless w... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2008 Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 750ml



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Our flagship wine, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is full and rich and utterly even across the palate: side-to-side and front-to-back. Our vineyards on Howell Mountain, Mt Veeder, and Atlas Peak provided structural elements that fit perfectly with the rich middle of the Calistoga Cabernet. Ripe black fruit character combines richly with chocolate and espresso flavors. The balances of fruit, oak, alcohol, extract, and natural acidity draw these flavors and soft fine tannins across the palate and linger there seemingly endlessly – one of my favorite Claret efforts to date.

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