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Robert Foley The Griffin

Wine Description

(2009 Vintage) The Griffin – the Foley family crest in Irish heraldry combines the strengths of the lion, king of beasts, with the eagle, king of the skies – is a fitting representation of our signature red blend. Aromas suggest ripe and youthfully bright red cherries and raspberries. Even mid palate flavors of vanilla and butterscotch are framed with softly gripping tannins which resolve in a gently gripping finish. The extraordinary balance of elements of mid-palate, acid and tannin structure make for a versatile wine for pairing with an array of cuisines. The 2013 Griffin is a blend of Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot.

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    Robert Foley, the man and the winery, is legend. Pride, Switchback, Hourglass & Paloma are just a few of the ultra-premium wineries Robert has crafted wines for. His wines from the Robert Foley Winery always score huge. This Griffin blend is composed of the remaining lots of his 95+ point scoring wines. The 2009 is 50% Petite Sirah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Merlot. It's ultra dark in color and displays everything that we've become accustom to with the wines of Robert Foley. That is, super rich and concentrated, fruit driven, and superbly balanced wines Robert Foley 2009 Griffin On the nose aromas of creme de cassis, blackberry pie filling, melted black licorice, graphite, dark chocolate brownie, camphor, tar, sarsaparilla, and hints of violet. On the palate the wine shows big blackberry, cassis, and dark chocolate flavors, that combine with hints of graphite and mineral.

    over 3 years
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    wow, old world sensibilities here. deep inky opaque, jammy allspice and boysenberry notes

    over 4 years
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    Cellar it

    about 3 years
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (2008 Vintage) The 2008 The Griffin is something new, an homage to Ireland consisting of 42% Petite Sirah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Charbono, and 8% Merlot. Beautiful black raspberry, blueberry, spicy, peppery fruit jump from the glass of this dense purple wine. Foley has somehow built considerable sweet tannin into the full-bodied, fleshy mouthfeel. This is something California needs to do more of - creative blends that are loaded with personality and soul. This wine is part Rhone Ranger and part classic Napa Cabernet. Drink it over the next decade.
  • Robert Parker
    (2009 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/07/2013