2005 Robert Foley - Claret 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The prodigious 2005 Claret possesses a dense purple color in addition to beautiful aromas of creme de cassis, smoke, graphite, and cedar. Full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuously-textured with superb depth and purity in addition to a savory mouthfeel, and a surprisingly fleshy, forward personality, it should last for 10-15 years, but who will be able to resist it for that long?

Drink Dates: 2007-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Vinfolio | Rating: 93

Shows a concentrated, sweet, nectar like nose of berry, currant and licorice. The palate is very extracted and rich with seamless balance of sweet, round fruit and solid acid profile.

Drink Dates: 2009-2017
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 178

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($110; a 90/10 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Saturated bright ruby color. Liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, raspberry and mocha; high-toned in a positive way. A sweet, powerful fruit bomb on the palate, with perfectly integrated acidity giving shape and grip to the dark berry and cherry flavors. Firm underlying minerality contributes to the wine's very fresh impression. Finishes with terrific aromatic persistence.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Smooth, showing spicy currant, dried berry and a hint of prune, with mocha, sage, cedar, dried berry and herbal scents, ending with firm, dry tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 1,700 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2013
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 97
Author: quesyrah
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 06/18/2011

Rating: 95
Author: Alexander C229
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/14/2016
Drink Dates: 2012-2023
Wow! This wine blew me away. Drinking perfectly right now. Crack a bottle if you have one! Deep ruby color, dark fruit nose, jammy fruit and slight earthy taste. Great finish!

Rating: 94
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/02/2012
Continues to amaze

Rating: 94
Author: sbind
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/01/2013

Rating: 90
Author: VinoDeparture
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/14/2010

Average rating: 92, based on 9 reviews
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229 bottles owned by 152 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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