2006 Robert Foley - Claret 750ml

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2006 Robert Foley - Claret
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International Wine Cellar | 91(+?)?

($110) Bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, plum and licorice. Sweet and densely packed, with dark berry and graphite flavors along with a slight dried-fruit character. I find this a bit low-pitched for a Foley wine despite its sound ripe acidity. Finishes with chewy, slightly dry tannins that call for at least a few years of aging. This is all cabernet sauvignon in 2006, from vineyards on Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak and Calistoga.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | 89+

Foley's flagship cuvee, the 2006 Claret (a blend of Bordeaux varietals) exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue as well as a sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, blackberries, spice, and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied with gritty tannins in the background, but nice length, texture, and purity, it should merit an outstanding score after another 1-2 years of bottle age.

Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | 94

Smooth, rich and complex, this is full-bodied, with firm, focused currant, sage and dusty berry fruit that runs deep with concentration, unfolding to reveal blackberry, mineral and light cedary oak flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drink Dates: 2010-2016
Author: James Laube


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Vinfolio | 93+

Claret is the fundamental benchmark wine from Foley, who ran off a string of 93+ point reviews from The Wine Advocate over the last eight vintages. Here is another winner - Polished and intense chocolate, caramel nose with very dense black fruit on the palate. The wine needs another few months to fully flesh together but already carries well formed length that needs just a bit more finishing.

Drink Dates: 2009-2014
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 206

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Score: 90
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/06/2013
Past it's prime
More Vintages and Sizes of Robert Foley - Claret:

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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