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2006 Robert Foley Claret

  • 89 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 92 JS
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SKU: 50236-2006-1500

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • | Rating: 92

    Full throttle style with loads of blackberry jam and spices on the nose and palate. Fresh mushrooms develop with time. Full and fruity, with polished round tannins. Blackberries and dark chocolate on the finish. Pull the cork after 2013. 14+23+23+32. Find the wine
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Shows a strong oak presence but also a wealth of rich dark berry, licorice, anise and cedar flavors slowly unfolding and gaining depth and focus, ending a bit diffuse and dry.'2006 California Cabernet blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now. 1,700 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Smooth and round but a little soft. Nicely evolved.
    Author: Johnnymd
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

  • 681 bottles owned
  • 125 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 125 collectors)