Robert Foley Vineyards is based in Angwin in the Napa Valley section of California.
The winery is best known for its Claret, but it also produces a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Petite Sirah, a Merlot, a Pinot Blanc, and several red blends.
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was aged in French oak for 24 months, and then spent an additional 12 months aging in the bottle. The wine had a label listed ABV of 14.5%. There were 98 cases of this wine produced.
I had previously sampled the 2007 Robert Foley Petite Sirah and loved it. I had acquired several bottles of the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, and my intention was to hold them for several years. The discipline of holding an untasted wine versus the curiosity of wanting to know what it tastes like was quite a battle (on every trip to the cellar!).
In the end, curiosity overcame discipline. I was very glad it did.
Prior to consumption, the wine was decanted for 1 hour (I really should have given it more time).
The wine’s color in my glass was an inviting, black cherry red.
The aromas rising from the glass were very complex, but pleasing. I identified red and black fruit, strawberry and vanilla, but there was so much more to it. The aromas weren’t just prominent, they were powerful (a good kind of powerful as in, “come drink me”).
Once in my mouth, the first thing that came to mind was fruit forward. A wonderful mix of red and black fruit. Dancing along with the fruit were chocolate, pepper, and cloves. As the wine opened up, over the course of several hours, I detected blueberry (I was convinced there was some Petite Sirah mixed in, but the winery says 100% Cabernet Sauvignon).
My notes read “massively long finish”. The finish was great. The tannins were incredibly smooth and well integrated, especially at this young age. This wine is going to be a blockbuster in a few more years.
I paired this wine with a cheeseburger. It would be a tremendous accompaniment to any red meat dish, especially steaks. It is a big, bold wine (in a great way) that will overpower meeker dishes.
The 2008 Robert Foley Cabernet Sauvignon cost $200. (Wait…did he just say he paired a $200 bottle of wine with a cheeseburger? Yes….yes, I did.) I realize the price tag for this wine is rather costly, but for a special occasion, this is a very special wine. The limited production of a high quality wine warrants higher prices.
I will be holding my remaining bottles for several years (wish me luck!). If you have the opportunity to try this wine, please do so.