2003 Robert Foley - Claret 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The top wine here is the classic 2003 Claret, a gorgeously proportioned, opaque purple-colored effort boasting a big, sweet nose of smoky meats, creme de cassis, coffee, and dark plums. Dense and opulent, with superb concentration, full body, high glycerin, decent acidity, and ripe tannin, this a superb mouthful of wine that can be approached now or cellared for 12-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Remarkably rich, supple and harmonious, with a generous array of spicy currant, blackberry, exotic spice and hazelnut with hints of mocha and chocolate. For all its richness and complexity, this is a delightful wine to drink both now and through the next decade. 700 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2013
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

($110; 100% cabernet sauvignon, from Pride Mountain Vineyards and Switchback Ridge fruit) Deep ruby. Sexy aromas of blackcurrant, graphite and licorice. Dense, sweet and superconcentrated, with terrific intensity of briary black raspberry flavors. Powerful, long, brooding wine, finishing with toothcoating tannins. This big boy begs to be served with a piece of meat. Not as lush at this stage as the wonderful 2002, but this may live longer.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: quesyrah
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 09/10/2011

Rating: 95
Author: BillG19
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 11/14/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
It's a good thing I'm on a big wine because this may be the king of them all! So dark in color you might as well call it black. I get ripe plums on the nose with a spicy peppery element on the nose. The wine is massive in the mouth and coats your teeth with tannins. Ripe chewy dark fruit dominates the taste and has me yearning for a steak. A bit "hot" but otherwise a great wine.

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Rating: 94
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 01/03/2011
Had Christmas eve. Was a big hit. Full body big fruit. Nice finish.

Rating: 89
Author: Yamadori
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/18/2012

Rating: 85
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/15/2010
too ripe

Average rating: 95, based on 8 reviews
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1745 bottles owned by 495 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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