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2017 Robert Foley Cabernet Sauvignon "Howell Mountain"

Robert Foley 2017 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery: Robert Foley

Vintage: 2017

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Howell Mountain"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Howell Mountain

State or country: CA

Price: $200

Cases produced: 73

KWG Score: 93.5 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93.5)

Review date: January 8, 2023

Wine Review: This midnight purple colored Cabernet Sauvignon opens with an inviting mild cassis and cedar bouquet with hints of blackberry and dark chocolate. On the palate, this wine is medium plus bodied with medium plus acidity. The mouthfeel is well-balanced, smooth, and fresh for a Cab. The flavor profile is a very tasty blackberry, black plum, crushed stone, and oak blend with notes of black tea and black licorice. We also picked up some hints of loam and menthol. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins build-up an linger and last for a long time. The Tasting Panel would pair this Cab with braised short ribs or a bone-in ribeye in the near term. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Super-ripe pure cherries jubilee with just a kiss of dusty cedar aromas. A mouth-coating explosion of flavors floods the palate, resolving with a balanced cleansing natural acidity. Fine tannins gently grip the midpalate as these ripe flavors linger on and on. The late ripening and longer hang-time of mountain fruit produces fully ripe wines with balanced acidity, soft tannins and a rich mid-palate that are associated with thoroughly ripe black-cherry Cabernet. This estate wine is single-vineyard fruit grown at 2,000-foot elevation on our property near the summit of Howell Mountain – mostly Clone 7 and Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in the 1990s and some planted in the 2010s. During Harvest 2017, we were thankfully spared from the flames and any smoke damage to our fruit by the wildfires that ravaged Napa and Sonoma counties that year. Most of our wines were already in tank or barrel.

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