1999 Robert Foley - Claret 750ml

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1999 Robert Foley - Claret
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International Wine Cellar | 93

(a 50/50 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Deep medium ruby. Black fruits, game, animal fur and brown sugar on the nose. Thick, lush and seamless, with a high-pH mouth feel. Even sweeter and more open-knit than the equally outstanding Reserve Claret that Bob Foley makes for Pride Family Vineyards. Very long finish features fine, spreading tannins and currant and pepper notes.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Advocate | 93

There are 400 cases of this blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Pride Mountain Vineyard's winemaker, Robert Foley. Sadly, most of the 1998 (which I reviewed in issue #141) was destroyed in a warehouse fire. The only bottles that survived were those from his personal cellar and a handful of bottles provided as samples to distributors. The opaque purple-colored 1999 is a seamless classic, offering a sweet perfume of coffee, mocha, graphite, black cherries, licorice, and cassis. The wine reveals sweet tannin, beautiful purity, and a gorgeous layered texture. It should drink well for 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2002-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | 93

Dark in color, with a sleek body and tight beam of spicy, herb-laced cherry, plum and currant, this Cabernet blend firms up nicely on the long, persistent finish, where the tannins anchor the flavors. Shows great depth and complexity. 500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2001-2014
Author: James Laube


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Score: 96
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/24/2010
Drink Dates: 2001
Site Blog: mac_h Classic claret and beautiful wine from bob foley
More Vintages and Sizes of Robert Foley - Claret:

2007 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)
2002 (1.5L)
2002 (750ml)

About This Producer


Winemaker Robert Foley began his winemaking career in 1977, working at Heitz Winery before becoming founding winemaker at Markham, where he developed the style of Merlot that helped make the variety a mega-trend in the 1980s. Following his success at Markham, Foley is perhaps best known for his tenure with Pride and Paloma. He still keeps a coterie of clients including School House, Switchback Ridge and Hourglass. He founded Robert Foley Vineyards in 1999 and was named Food & Wine Magazine's Winemaker of the Year in 2007.

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