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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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    Fruit: Black cherry, plum, hint of blueberry. Vegetable: braised bok choi Floral: lavender Choc/Cof/tea: tea Animal: barnyard hay, seared lamb Earth: cotton, mushroom, cedar Mineral: wet stone, copper Body: light Texture: rough linen Balance: heady heat out of balance with the thinner body Finish: short coppery finish

    10 months
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    Awesome clean tasting & full bodied.

    10 months
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    Rich and delicious

    almost 2 years
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  • Robert Parker
    (2009 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/07/2013
  • 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.