2001 Robert Foley - Claret 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

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.

Drink Dates: 2006-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

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.

Drink Dates: 2005-2014
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 96
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/09/2010

Rating: 96
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/07/2011
Extraordinary from magnum, elegant, fruity, not tannic. Drinks like a Bordeaux.

Rating: 94
Author: 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.

Rating: 95
Author: Juan K
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/10/2010

Average rating: 97, based on 7 reviews
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115 bottles owned by 61 collectors.

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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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