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2008 Robert Foley Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

(14.9% alcohol):  Good ruby-red.  Plum, redcurrant, cocoa powder, licorice and dark chocolate on the nose, with complementary oak tones; I would have guessed this had a significant percentage of cabernet sauvignon.  Then concentrated, chewy and deep, with ripe acidity framing the sweet plum and cassis flavors.  Large-scaled and chocolatey-rich merlot, finishing with sweet tannins and noteworthy length.  Perhaps a bit more energetic than the 2007 version.

90 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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