2006 Robert Foley Claret
Quite possibly the wine of the evening last night. This Claret seemed to go with the flank steak much better than the Barolo and I really enjoyed this one. Grown on Howell Mountain, this is one of Robert Foley’s most renowned wines and for good reason. It’s a big, bold red that’s showing great structure and probably will for several more years.
We decanted this just before pouring so it really didn’t have much time to breath, but it opened up rather quickly. It had a deep ruby color rimmed in purple and powerful aromas of chocolate, black fruit and even something floral. On the palate the ripe black fruits predominated, but slowly revealed some tobacco, mineral and cedar in its long finish. Firm tannins suggest that this wine still has a few more years to become even better, yet it tastes so finished right now. I can’t think of a reason not to drink it now, except maybe that $110 price tag. Definitely not your everyday wine. I’d save it for a special dinner or occasion.