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2012 Robert Foley US Red Blend "The Griffin"

Winery: Robert Foley

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Griffin"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 47% Merlot, 35% Petite Sirah, 9% Charbono, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon & 1% Petit Verdot

Region: California

State or country: CA

Price: $35

Cases produced: 1,850

KWG Score: 92 (based on 1 review)

Average Virtual Score: 91 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: March 12, 2015

Wine Review: The opaque and midnight blue colored blend opens with a blackberry bouquet with a hint of smoky oak. On the palate this wine is full bodied, balanced and rich. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry and blueberry blend with notes of vanilla oak mixed in. I also detected a hint of RC Cola towards the end. The finish is dry and its fruit flavors and moderate tannins stick around for quite a while. I would let this wine breathe for a bit and as it get even better with a little air. Then serve this terrific red blend with a dry-aged ribeye at Del Frisco's. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Bright red and black fruit aromas reminiscent of Bing cherries and cassis pop from the glass. The ample mid palate is framed in chewy yet fine tannins which resolve nicely with flavors of black berry fruits. The extraordinary balance of elements of midpalate, acid and tannin structure make for a versatile wine for pairing with an array of cuisines.

Organic status: not organic

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