Wednesday, June 30, 2010
With the highly-anticipated 2007 Napa Cabs and Merlots coming to market I was looking forward to trying the new releases from Foley. I was surprised to see the alcohol content on the Merlot: 16.2%!
I doubt I'd have guessed the alcohol was so high if I hadn't seen it on the label. I'd consider 14% about average for Napa Cab and Merlot, and 15% the high water mark. I've seen 16% Shiraz and Zinfandel, but never a Merlot this high.
Those I shared it with really liked it. One said: This might be the best wine I've ever had. What can I say? America (or at least some part of it) loves the high alcohol wines.
Wine Spectator rated this wine 91 points. Robert Parker rated it 95 points.
2007 Robert Foley Vineyards Merlot
$52 Release Price
Remarkably bold and flavorful. No way I'd identify this as a Merlot blind. Shiraz maybe. Napa Cab probably. Very big and serious with tons of delicious fruit and a bit of anise. The alcohol was occasionally slightly-searing, but overall the stunningly-high 16.2% alcohol is well concealed. Don't operate a motor vehicle after tasting this one, but quite nice and heartwarming in moderation.
Purchased at the Hingham Wine Merchant
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Opinions are favorable on CellarTracker with median of 93 from 15 reviews.
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