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Robert Foley

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2009 Robert Foley The Griffin  (Napa Valley) 90

Coffee, vanilla, black and blue fruits with licorice open to a blast of jammy, ripe berries and lush textures. There is a touch of heat in the finish.

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2009 Robert Foley Claret  (Napa Valley) 92

This is a monster! Blueberry, coffee bean, vanilla, oak, licorice, chocolate and loads of fruit forward, jammy berries open the wine. The wine is huge, with layers of ripe and over ripe black and blue fruits. This style of wine is mouth filling and palate staining, along with very alcoholic. It's not for the timid. Lovers of this style of wine will score it much higher than I did.

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2001 Robert Foley Claret  (Napa Valley) 94

Inky in color, this did not look like a 12 year old wine. Chocolate covered blackberries, jam and earthy scents were all over the place. Intense, jammy fruit filled your mouth. But the alcoholic heat was noticeable. Wines like this are all about the style. The finish was long, expansive and intense. Clearly this is a top example of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. But it’s not a wine that was fun to drink. It was over the top. The wine earns a high score for the quality, but if I had a bottle, I’d trade or sell it as it’s not my style.

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Olives, dill, licorice, herbs, chocolate, blueberry, jam and cassis. Better on the massive palate than the nose. Nice layers of big, ripe fruit.

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2000 Robert Foley Claret  (Napa Valley) 89

Perhaps my taste is changing, but this did not float my boat. There was far too much oak, licorice, raisin and sweet jammy fruit.

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1999 Robert Foley Claret  (Napa Valley) 89

Interestingly, the wine offers intense, over ripe raisin scents with green aromas. Concentrated with layers of fruit, this blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon was probably better a few years ago. The green flavors are starting to become more noticeable along with heat from the alcohol levels. Consumers should drink this sooner than later.

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