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2005 Robert Foley Merlot


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SKU: 215964-2005-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    The charming 2005 Merlot exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of mocha, black cherries, smoke, and earth. This fleshy, medium to full-bodied Merlot is ideal for drinking over the next 7-8 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Focused and rich, yet still supple, with ripe black cherry and toasty vanilla aromas followed by layered blackberry and espresso flavors that finish with firm tannins. 1,000 cases made. -TF
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: SamT
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: tiberite
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 358 bottles owned
  • 78 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 78 collectors)