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 Vintage2004 Label 2 of 20 
ProducerRobert Foley (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)1000000000160

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2018 (based on 32 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Robert Foley Claret on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 239 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Cabernet4Me2 on 5/25/2015 & rated 94 points: Garnet color, flavors of Black Current, Blackberry and a hint of Raisin. Had hints of some meat, cocoa tobacco and a little white pepper. Seemed just a little bit disjointed and a little over oaked to fruit, dont know if it was just an off bottle ... and IMHO think its in its drinking window and will not improve much more with age, but think easily has another 5+ years. So Glad I have a few more to try again in few months, gorgeous wine. (161 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 4/24/2015 & rated 94 points: Gorgeous California Cab! (405 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 4/11/2015 & rated 95 points: Continues to drink beautifully! Perfect match for the bone-in ribeye off the BGE. (486 views)
 Tasted by Thief on 4/7/2015 & rated 95 points: Wonderful creme de cassis, vanilla, mission fig, black cherry, cocoa powder, with well integrated silky tannins. The finish was long and balanced. Absolutely delightful. (602 views)
 Tasted by joshabramson on 3/15/2015 & rated 95 points: So good! Incredible nose, dark purple, nice concentration with tons of fruit but restrained and not at all over the top. Tannins are well integrated and slightly drying with a very long finish. Exceptional Napa cab. (882 views)
 Tasted by kanab ram on 2/1/2015: Lighter than most RF cabs. It could be the age. Still very good. (975 views)
 Tasted by winejnky on 12/14/2014 & rated 94 points: Silky smooth, a great CS! (1305 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 11/2/2014 & rated 93 points: Interesting bottle. Started with a hint of a port-like quality and then opened up into a delicious cab blend (1447 views)
 Tasted by ledwards on 8/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Creme de cassis, vanilla, cocoa dust. Tannins are a bit 'dry'. (2068 views)
 Tasted by andtheodor on 7/26/2014 & rated 92 points: What fun, revisiting my note from 3 years ago on this wine where I was less than impressed, this time I called it a Montelena Estate double blind. Anise, licorice, cocoa, mineral, intense currant, very serious stuff. It's young and there's a whiff of EtOH but the concentration and balance make up for it. Great stuff, and far better than I recall. (2086 views)
 Tasted by jleskiw on 7/4/2014 & rated 90 points: nice body, still plenty of life left Good fruit, supple tannins. A little austere for all the hype. (1936 views)
 Tasted by maitredgreg2 on 6/16/2014 & rated 99 points: Legendary (1978 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 5/31/2014 & rated 95 points: Very dark in color. Dark chocolate, blue berries, currant and tar and dark coffee (ristretto) notes. Lots of power and multi-layered yet very smooth and long. At the moment still a bit dominated by hard tannins. At the moment at 92-93pts., but one can see the giant waiting to be awaked so I rate the wine with its potential rating of 95-96pts which it will hit in around 3-5 years. (1670 views)
 Tasted by Winiac on 5/6/2014 & rated 94 points: Dark purple blue color. Amazing bouquet of Lilacs and cherries and hint of pepper. Full bodied with endless balanced cassis and black fruit wrapped in ripe tannins. Long length and incredibly pleasant finish. Kudos! (1504 views)
 Tasted by kenv on 4/17/2014: WCC 2004 California Cab Blind Tasting (Fort Orange Club, Albany, NY): Muted nose of ripe cherries. Hot, medicinal, burns the tongue. VA? Not rated but me, but WOTN for the group. Go figure. (1633 views)
 Tasted by Yamadori on 4/14/2014 & rated 91 points: Popped and Poured. Still exhibits typical Bob Foley characteristics. Full bodied and smooth with with lots of extracted fruit.Notes of chocolate and tobacco. Long finish with smooth tannins. Obviously very good but again i found myself enjoying this bottle a little less than previous ones. Maybe i am moving away from this style a little. Still in prime drinking window. (920 views)
 Tasted by vanpe003 on 1/4/2014 & rated 94 points: Cellar Mini-Disaster; 12/15/2013-1/15/2014 (At Home): Ok. I guess I haven't entirely outgrown this style of wine, particularly when it's this well done.

Pop/pour. On the nose dark fruits, smoky oak and licorice. On the palate, rich body with enough acid to lift it up. Oak provides notes of tar and vanilla. There's also a hint of menthol that creeps in on the background. Finish is extremely long and lingering.

The longer this sits in the glass, some light but manageable tannins show on the finish. The acidity becomes a bit more pronounced. Maybe a bit too much so for now. Was going to rate 95 points but dropping a point for now. (2326 views)
 Tasted by DSimmons on 12/31/2013 & rated 95 points: This wine is drinking well and IMHO eclipsed an '04 Ducru-Beaucaillou drank with the same meal. Loads of aromatics and fruit. Balance and complexity. Still a touch of tannin. Yummy (1852 views)
 Tasted by Topper on 12/10/2013 & rated 92 points: This wine is coming into its own. Still showed big and powerful on the first day with characteristic chocolate, blackberry and a touch of anise. The heat dissipated by day 2 showing that this wine still has a ways to go. Drink now or later. (2038 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 11/23/2013 & rated 95 points: Nose with layers of blackberry and cassis fruit with integrated spices and chocolate notes finishing with juicy tannins and lovely concentration. (1939 views)
 Tasted by wino31 on 10/21/2013 & rated 96 points: This is drinking great now. Thick black and red fruit on the nose, great mouthfeel, long finish, a lot of complexity. (2377 views)
 Tasted by Pearls_b4Swine on 9/30/2013 & rated 94 points: Perfect illustration of what it shoudl be -- great Cali cab. (1900 views)
 Tasted by Mr T on 7/19/2013: big wine drunk with father in law's 90th....too warm for me and not really working ...others seemed to like (2447 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 5/26/2013 & rated 93 points: From maggie. Singing from the decanter after a short splash. In a great spot now. (2564 views)
 Tasted by Yamadori on 5/12/2013 & rated 92 points: Decanted 2 hours and rebottled. Consistent with previous TN from 2010 although not quite as good as back then. Still shows lots of ripe dark fruit on the nose along with not. Full bodied and well balanced with a smooth texture. Lots of blackberry, blueberry and dark cherry fruit with notes of dark chocolate and tobacco. Long finish with integrated tannins. I would say this wine is still in it's prime drinking window right now. (2432 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
(Robert Foley Vineyards Claret Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/21/2007)
(Robert Foley Claret) Deep black cherry, boysenberry, sweet plum nose; rich, concentrated sweet plum, cherry palate, tight yet, lacks acidity, soft, sweet tannins; medium finish  91 points
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