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2001 Robert Foley - Claret 1.5L
2001 Robert Foley - Claret
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2001 Robert Foley - Claret
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Professional Reviews

IWC
95

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 114

($100; includes 10% merlot) Saturated bright ruby. Extroverted aromas of cassis, blackberry, minerals and dark chocolate show a strong element of torrefaction. Then lush, smooth and extremely deep, with terrific vinosity giving the wine the texture of a great Medoc wine. With its complicating notes of cedar, coffee, earth and tobacco, this is quite different in style than the outstanding Pride Reserve Claret that's also made by Bob Foley. Finishes with powerful, brooding tannins and great palate-staining persistence.

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WA
99

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 150

The virtually perfect 2001 Claret (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) is a tour de force in winemaking. It possesses extraordinary concentration, intensity, purity, and ripeness, yet retains an elegant style. With a spectacular perfume of blackberry liqueur, cassis, acacia flowers, graphite, espresso roast, and chocolate as well as a 60-second finish, this long, dense 2001 is still primary, but already fun to drink.

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WS
96

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

An intense and powerful Cabernet blend, with intense, vibrant, concentrated currant and blackberry flavors that show off exotic spicy fragrances, finishing with a potent aftertaste that gushes with fruit and tannins. A genuinely exciting wine with fascinating flavors and balance. 600 cases made.

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Community Reviews

96

PLevensohn Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 12/07/2011

Extraordinary from magnum, elegant, fruity, not tannic. Drinks like a Bordeaux.

96

SingKevin Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 12/09/2010

95

Juan K Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 09/10/2010

94

Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/20/2003

(Barrel sample). A slightly more exuberant rendition of Pride?s Reserve Cabernet, this dark opaque wine has a huge nose of sweet dark fruits, exotically spiced mocha, and dark fruits. Well-integrated acidity coupled with tons of tannin. Despite the tannins, the wine shows reasonably plush mouthfeel and is already appreciable now. The wine finishes long with plenty of deeply toasted oak flavors. If the tannins integrate better this wine will show all the benefits of the 2001 vintage in the Napa Valley.

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