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2004 Robert Foley - Claret

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 50236-2004-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (90% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot) Saturated medium ruby. Very dark aromas of blackberry, licorice, minerals, tar and molten chocolate. Wonderfully ripe, thick and supple but not overly sweet. In fact, this tannic, brooding, youthfully backward wine is distinctly clenched today and not yet expressing its inherent complexity. Finishes with a medicinal austerity and big, dusty tannins. This boasts terrific fruit but needs four or five years of cellaring.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Dusty oak and berry aromas are tight and compact, with dried currant, mineral, blackberry and oak, ending with more complexity and depth than is evident on the first sip. The tannins are firm. Decant.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The inky/purple-hued, seamless 2004 Claret boasts gorgeous aromas of creme de cassis, blackberries, smoke, licorice, espresso roast, and spring flowers. With sensational concentration, full body, a voluptuous mouthfeel, decent acidity, and sweet tannin, it can be drunk now and over the next 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: PJ Haveron
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: sbind
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: sikora398
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating:

    Blue and red berries, with Cesar, forest floor, cleaning fluid and drying tannins. In deference to the many bottles of Mr. Foley's wine that I have enjoyed, I will try another bottle before putting a score on this wine.
    Author: Red Sox Fan
  • Self | Rating: 94

    deep purple color;nose of crushed flowers and blackberries and cassis. quite delicious now and very smooth with long finish.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2018
    Author: Serl Z
  • Self | Rating: 89

    pretty ripe. took a long time and come around very slowly. Did not know whether it will ever come around.
    Author: Seaway J
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Test note.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2025
    Author: Bryan F
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1937 bottles owned
  • 297 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 297 collectors)