Drinking quite nicely now. Decanted for 1 hour, initial blackberry and jammy flavors slowly opened up to reveal nice secondary flavor of chocolate, cherry and a touch of vanilla. Some bricking around the rim suggests to drink soon.
Decanted from a 375 and let to rest for 45 mins. Mistake, and wine not rated as a result. Green note behind toasted oak on the nose; faint black fruit, thin and high in alcohol with a fleeting finish. Still have 6 in this format and will retry shortly as a pop n pour.
Rich and concentrated blackberry fruit, this Merlot is well made and delicious. After an hour plus of decanting you taste many secondary flavors such as bitter chocolate, cassis and lavender. This is a well made wine with structure but also has a full mouth feel for the ultimate enjoyment to drink/consume.
One of the best bottles I've had in awhile. Dark color. Dark fruity nose. Blackberry on the palate with a wonderful softness. Finishes strong with a nice mineral note and sweet tannin. Great QPR. Will buy more Foley Merlot. Outstanding.
96+. This is the best Merlot I have tasted in my life, outside of the Switchback Ridge Petterson Family Vineyard Merlot. It brings reconciliation to all the money I have spent chasing Merlots, and finally, I've landed, exquisite on the nose with a beautiful creaminess, exploding with pure berry flavors. On the palate: complex, with a velvety fruit entrance of subtle mixed berries, & cream (NOT THAT FAKE VANILLA FLAVOR in most wines today), ending with a Gourgeous finalé of slight mocha & chocolate flavors, & touches of berries, for at least 30 min plus. IMO 96+. By the way, I popped & poured this baby. It's a big Merlot, and can compete with the likes of some of the best Cabernets out there. In saying that; Merlots.... Take a back seat, and take note, because this is what you should aim for, and be like, in order to compete. I can distinguish the berries, right now Dark Raspberries. More to come.
A very solid wine. Soft and velvet mouthfeel, bouquet of leather, horse hair, tar reminding me of a great French wine. Tasted after Dancing Hares Mad Hatter and this blew it away. The winner of the night from all.
This wine is a very dark ruby purple color with aromas of dark fruit, cassis, blueberries and oak. It is very fruity with tastes of cherries, blueberries, mocha, and minerals. This wine is full bodied, thick, and rich. It is a serious merlot, attacking the entire mouth and coating it with ripe fruit and creamy chocolate. It is very complex and round with a long smooth ending.
Big oaky nose, with chocolate, blackberry liquor, and dark minerals. Big california flavors of chocolate covered cherries, blackberry pie, hot fudge, vanilla cream, espresso bean, pepper and iron. Has that lingering vanilla/oak finish that lasts and lasts. Tannins mellowing but still present. This wine has more acidity than other Foley offerings and paired surprisingly well with food. Like all Foley's, gone before I knew it.
375 decanted and allowed to rest for half an hour. Dark color, spice, pepper and toasted oak on the nose. Black fruit, chocolate, and glycerin are most prominent in a wine thats more fruit driven at the moment, with the tanins taking a back seat. Not sure to what degree this is typical of the '10 vintage, but will continue to follow my 375s to determine longevity. Not as brash, forward and structured as many Foley wines, but still enjoyable. Next bottle ~xmas?
Pop and our from .375. Toasted oak and tar on the nose, but not as strong as typical from RF. Medium-light weight and showing some blue fruit, this is very approachable today and a solid wine from an irregular Napa vintage. Structure resembles a cab franc more than a merlot. Drink by 2016/17.
Robert Foley Wines (The Wine Spot): Easily my favorite of the tasting. This is delicious. The nose has dark chocolate covered cherries with some cocoa dust. On the palate, this is ripe with great texture. The dark chocolate covered raisins come thru. Not over the top but certainly getting there, but there is a balance that makes this work. Really outstanding.
A Cabernet drinker's Merlot. A very opulent wine that is surprisingly very drinkeable now. Ruby, with medium plus intensity. Lots of glycerin in the glass. Aromas and flavors of black fruit, milk chocolate and mocha. The acidity is medium, the alcohol is medium plus at 14%, but not particularly noticeable. The tannins are medium and surprisingly soft. The body, flavor intensity and length of the finish are all medium plus, however, thanks to the richness of this wine. It is ready to drink now and likely to be at its peak for the next couple of years. It does not have enough acidity and tannins to make it really age-worthy. Although an outstanding wine, I am not sure that it has a great QPR at $55.00