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2013 Robert Foley US Red Blend "The Griffin"

Winery: Robert Foley

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Griffin"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet, Syrah, & Petit Verdot

Region: California

State or country: CA

Price: $38

Cases produced: 1,500

KWG Score: 92 (based on 1 review)

Average Virtual Score: 95 (based on 1 review)

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

Review date: December 18, 2015

Wine Review: This pitch black colored blend opens with a very fragrant blueberry and blackberry bouquet with a hint of wet stone. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and rich. The flavor profile is a tasty concentrated black cherry and black currant blend with nicely integrated minerality. I also detected notes of oak and hints of blueberry. The finish is dry and its fruit flavors and moderate tannins last for quite some time. This fruit bomb would pair nicely with sharp cheddar cheese and a fireplace on a cold winter’s night. Cheers - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The Griffin – on the Foley family crest in Irish heraldry combines the strengths of the lion, king of beasts, with the eagle, king of the skies. A winemaker's dream is to be artistically free to combine characters into wine that is purely hedonic and non-compliant with varietal regulations, so The Griffin's blend changes with every vintage. This year's blend is Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot. Aromas suggest ripe and youthfully bright red cherries and raspberries. The even mid-palate flavors of vanilla and butterscotch are framed with soft tannins that 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.

Organic status: not organic

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