Robert Foley Claret 2012
Bob Foley began his wine making career in the Napa Valley in 1977, working at a number of highly regarded Napa Valley wineries including Pride Mountain Vineyards, where he spent 15 years as founding winemaker. During this period he also created the highly acclaimed Switchback Ridge, Hourglass, Paloma, School House, and Engel Family wines. He now focuses on Robert Foley Vineyards and Switchback Ridge wines. In 1998 Robert Foley Vineyards bottled its flagship Claret (a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend), and has since expanded and diversified its production to offer more of the big reds Bob is famous for – Petite Sirah, Merlot, Charbono, the limited-release Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, a Carneros Pinot Noir, a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and The Griffin.The 2012 Claret has aromas of ripe black cherry and subtle hints of violets in a left-bank-inspired blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. The mid-palate is big and round with a soft cherry-vanilla elegance. Natural acidity creates good balance and a long finish. (600 cases produced)
Wine AdvocateFoley's top wine is the inky/purple-colored 2012 Claret, a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It ratchets up the level of concentration, offering a big, sweet bouquet of white chocolate, smoky oak, espresso beans, licorice, forest floor, blackberries and cassis. Viscous and thick with oodles of fruit and glycerin, and a long, dense, 50-second finish, this is a killer expression of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 should drink well for 12-15 years.
Wine SpectatorSleek and polished, with a touch of hazelnut- and espresso-scented oak and forest floor nuances woven amid the dusty black berry, gravel and savory notes. Ends with fine-grained tannins and good length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2027. 600 cases made.