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2002 Robert Foley Vineyards Claret

Lightly depressed cork

ITEM 8249167 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased upon release

Bidder Amount Total
$130
Item Sold Amount Date
I8144391 1 $135 Mar 20, 2022
I8123980 1 $135 Feb 27, 2022
I8108063 3 $135 Feb 6, 2022
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RATINGS

96Wine Spectator

Dark, rich and massive, with gobs of flavor built around ripe, vibrant currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit, layers of exotic, spicy oak nuances and some rather big, ripe tannins as well. Long, luxurious aftertaste.

95+ Robert M. Parker Jr.

An inky/blue/purple color as well as a fabulous perfume of graphite, creme de cassis, smoke, and licorice. It hits the palate with a full-bodied, unctuous texture, tremendous purity, and moderately high tannin in the 40+ second finish.

95Stephen Tanzer

Very deep, vibrant aromas of cassis, minerals, tobacco, fresh herbs, licorice and tar.

PRODUCER

Robert Foley Vineyards

Robert Foley Vineyards is on Howell Mountain, in Napa Valley. It was started in 1998 when Robert Foley, a Napa Valley winemaker who previously worked at Pride and other vineyards, decided to start making his own wine. Foley’s first wine was his signature Claret, but he has since expanded into Petite Sirah, Merlot, Charbono and most recently The Griffin, a blend. He has also produced white wines. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called Foley “one of California’s most talented winemakers…(His) are consistently top-notch efforts with impressive personalities.”

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

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