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2003 Robert Foley - Claret Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

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... More »

Score
92
IWC 94(+?)
WA 96
WS 95
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2020 WA: 2005-2020 WS: 2006-2013
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1.5L $245.00
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IWC 94(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 126

($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.

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WA 96
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 162
Drink Dates 2005-2020

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.

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WS 95
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2006-2013

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.

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Author Yamadori
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.436%
Tasted On 05/18/2012
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Author quesyrah
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.333%
Tasted On 09/10/2011
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Author William T347
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.097%
Tasted On 01/03/2011

Had Christmas eve. Was a big hit. Full body big fruit. Nice finish.

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Author Seaway J
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.387%
Tasted On 02/15/2010

too ripe

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Author BillG19
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.75%
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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