Robert Foley Vineyards

Country of Origin: USA
Location: Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
People: Robert Foley & Kelly Kehoe, Owners | Robert Foley, Winemaker


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Robert Foley began his winemaking career in the Napa Valley working at a number of highly regarded Napa Valley wineries including Pride Mountain Vineyards, where he spent 15 years as founding winemaker. During this period he also created the highly acclaimed Switchback Ridge, Paloma, School House and Engel Family wines. Bob’s reputation for producing very expressive wines that finish gracefully continues to develop at his new winery facility on the summit of Napa County’s Howell Mountain, where more than 1,000 barrels are housed in an extensive cave system (completed in 2008) for the production of Robert Foley wines.

In 1998 Robert Foley Vineyards bottled its flagship Claret (a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend), and has since expanded and diversified its production to offer more of the big reds Bob is famous for – Petite Sirah, Merlot and Charbono. Cabernet Sauvignon by another traditional name, Claret, combines deeply extracted mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon character with carefully selected French oak. Small proportions of Merlot and Petit Verdot may be occasionally blended for complexity and completion of the tannin spectrum.

Native of southern France or northern Italy, Charbono arrived in California in the 1800s and gained favor as a body-builder and overall intensifier when blended with the early Napa Cabernets. Most "Charbonophiles" associate this variety with Inglenook which is where he fell in love with it in the 1960s. The Charbono is grown by Gary Heitz, former Inglenook grower, who provides profoundly expressive fruit which craft deep rich cuvees. Small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and new French oak complete the assemblage of this inspiring red wine.

"As a Napa Valley winemaker since 1977, I thoroughly enjoy working with some of the finest grapes in the world. Mountainous well-drained soils and the exposures of high elevations combine to concentrate aroma and flavor, as well as color and density, in wine grapes. This results in some of the most expressive wines imaginable. Traditional techniques and hands-on care, serve to elevate the remarkable character of our wines, so that we may offer you a most rewarding wine experience." - Bob Foley

When Bob's not making amazing wine, he spends time with his wife and business manager Kelly Kehoe, his children Trini and Jack, and granddaughter Hayden. You can also find Bob jammin' at venues across the county with his rock 'n' roll group, The Robert Foley Band.

Wine Advocate 2013 by Robert Parker
"Foley is one of the more interesting winemakers in Napa Valley. I first met Robert Foley years ago when he was making the wines at Pride Vineyards, and his wines never lack intensity, always delivering high quality as well as abundant fruit."

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  • Robert Foley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (1/31/2016)

    This shows an herbal profile, offering graphite, cedar, tobacco, dried currant and licorice flavors. Though trim, the fruit pushes through nicely, making this a good candidate for near-term enjoyment. Drink now through 2023.
  • Robert Foley 2013 Claret, Napa Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 96 (12/30/2015)

    This wine displays compelling crème de cassis notes intermixed with cedar wood, baking spices, blackberry, and hints of mulberries and flowers. The wine has great intensity, a full-bodied, super-duper mouthfeel, and a very long finish of close to 45+ seconds. This is a beauty, with sweet tannin as well as profound depth. Drink it over the next 20+ years.
  • Robert Foley 2013 Merlot, Napa Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (12/30/2015)

    A hundred percent Merlot, the 2013 Merlot comes from both Calistoga and Howell Mountain. Aged 18 months in French oak, this is a good, chunky, chocolaty style of Merlot, with some coffee bean notes, underbrush, as well as plenty of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit in a fleshy, succulent style. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
  • Robert Foley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 98 (12/30/2015)

    Equally impressive is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak and Calistoga. Opaque purple to the rim, with beautiful notes of charcoal embers, melted road tar, truffle, blackberry and cassis, this big, unctuously textured, full-bodied wine has incredible density and richness, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a phenomenal finish. It is young, but undeniably impressive. Give it another 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades-plus.