Robert Foley Vineyards 2014 Claret, Napa Valley

Robert Foley Vineyards 2014 Claret, Napa Valley

Item Number: 12270

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 80% Cabernet Sauvignon / 17% Merlot / 3% Petit Verdot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15.5
Case Production: 700

The Foley Claret is their flagship wine that is produced from the best barrel selections. It is a classic Left Bank Bordeaux-style blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.

Vineyard Sources: The mountain vineyards (Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder) share a common denominator in structure – big firm shoulders, masculine tannins, but individual characteristics. Howell Mountain, at 2,000 feet, on the east side of Napa Valley, has extreme exposure, larger temperature swings, and volcanic soil, creating very firm tannins. Mount Veeder has geologically churned volcanic and ocean-floor soil. The Mount Veeder vineyard is nestled in a dense wild forest, which contributes exotic aromatics of menthol and spice in a slightly more refined interplay. Calistoga vineyards are hotter and earlier to ripen, which provide the mid-palate lushness of glycerin and higher alcohol.

Harvest: Manual

Vinification: Ten-day fermentation, 20-month maturation in French oak barrels

Tasting Notes: The Foley Claret is full, rich and even across the palate. Black currant and cherry aromas marry with a hint of cedar in this elegant and seamless Cabernet-based blend. The complexity of flavors is carried across the palate in a silky texture, resolving in a lingering and gentle finish.


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (12/30/2016)

    This represents large-boned, virile, big, juicy blackcurrant and blackberry-scented and flavored Cabernet Sauvignon with some background toast, licorice and forest floor. It has terrific richness, sweet, velvety tannin, and notable opulence and length. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 97 (1/31/2019)

    The inky colored 2014 Claret (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot) is the flagship of the estate and a winner that delivers everything you’d expect from Robert Foley and a great vintage. A beautiful perfume of ripe black fruits, chocolate, spicy oak, and violets all flow to a full-bodied wine that shows the charming, balanced style of the vintage to a T. Possessing silky tannins, considerable elegance, not a hard edge to be found, and a great finish, it, like most 2014s, is drinking brilliantly today yet has the balance and depth to keep for two decades or more.