2002 Robert Foley - Claret 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

Dark, rich and massive, with gobs of flavor built around vibrant currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit, layers of exotic spicy oak nuances and rather big, ripe tannins. Yet for all its size, it's powerful and balanced, with a long, luxurious aftertaste. 600 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2012
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

($100) Bright ruby-red. Very deep, vibrant aromas of cassis, minerals, tobacco, fresh herbs, licorice and tar; complex and, yes, claret-like. Dense and thick but suave and quite dry; very French in style. Tasted next to the splendid 2002 Reserve Claret made by Foley under the Pride Mountain Vineyards labe l, this is even bigger and more structured-but then it's 100% cabernet sauvignon, while the Pride wine is two-thirds merlot.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

A classic example of a Bordeaux blend, the 2002 Claret possesses an inky/blue/purple color as well as a fabulous perfume of graphite, creme de cassis, smoke, and licorice. It hits the palate with a full-bodied, unctuous texture, tremendous purity, and moderately high tannin in the 40+ second finish.

Drink Dates: 2006-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/06/2010
Licorice, asian spice, and smoke. Incredible depth and flavor. 45 + second finish. Bob Foley is a genius!

Average rating: 95, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

967 bottles owned by 321 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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