Robert Foley Vineyards 2016 Claret, Napa Valley

Robert Foley Vineyards 2016 Claret, Napa Valley

Item Number: 16149

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 80% Cabernet Sauvignon / 17% Merlot / 3% Petit Verdot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Case Production: 600

The Claret is the Foley's flagship wine, produced from the best barrel selections. It is a classic Left Bank Bordeaux-style blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot.

Vineyard Sources: The mountain vineyards (Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder) share a common denominator in structure – big firm shoulders, masculine tannins, but individual characteristics. Howell Mountain, at 2,000 feet, on the east side of Napa Valley, has extreme exposure, larger temperature swings, and volcanic soil, creating very firm tannins. Mount Veeder has geologically churned volcanic and ocean-floor soil. The vineyard is nestled in a dense wild forest, which contributes exotic aromatics of menthol and spice in a slightly more refined interplay. Calistoga vineyards are hotter and earlier to ripen, which provide the mid-palate lushness of glycerin and higher alcohol.

Harvest: Manual
Vinification: 7-day fermentation, maturation in French oak barrels

Tasting Notes: Ripe black cherry aromas mingle with a hint of camphor. Finely balanced extract, alcohol and natural acidity coat the palate with flavors and gentle tannin. In our assessment, this is our most elegant wine – drinkable now, and it will only get better with time.

Reviews

  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 96 (1/31/2020)

    The 2016 Claret checks in as 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot. Like the Merlot, it too is a mix of mountain and valley floor vineyards. Loads of ripe currants, violets, graphite, and chocolate emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, ripe, velvety tannins, and a great finish. This ripe, sexy 2016 can be drunk today or cellared for 15-20 years, if you’re so inclined. There are only 612 cases.