Below are recent acclaims earned by various Foley Family Wines for the month of September, including 91 points awarded by Wine & Spirits for Roth 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
2018 The Four Graces Rosé of Pinot
Double Gold, Best of the Northwest 2019 Wine Competition
“Our 2018 rosé is a beautiful light pink color with a touch of rouge. Delicate aromas of Montmorency cherry, wild strawberry, Meyer lemon and a hint of light crème fraiche sets the tone for this delightful rosé. The palate shows bright notes of ripe strawberry that lead into a soft minerality. A lively acidity accents the ripe fruit flavors and carries the wine into a crisp finish.”
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2017 Acrobat Oregon Chardonnay
Gold, Best of Northwest 2019 Wine Competition
“Fields of exuberant yellow straw come to mind when describing this chardonnay’s color. On the nose, a bouquet of notes ranging from peach and key lime, to gooseberry and dried apricot, shine through. A clean and refined entrance gives way to layers of nectarine, pineapple, and honeydew on the mid-palate. The medium-long finish is fresh, and held together by lively acidity.”
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2016 Altvs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points, Wine & Spirits
“In any given year, our ‘Merus’ and ‘Altvs’ bottlings offer both yin and yang expressions of the same vintage. This comes about through block differences within the vineyard, concrete vs stainless steel fermentation tanks, different approaches to coopering, amount of new oak used, how wines evolve over a two year period in barrel, and the percentage of cabernet sauvignon ultimately used. This 2016 Altvs is a delicious bottle of wine. Compared with Merus, it is more classically Cabernet Sauvignon, not as opulent but with great length and ageability. Buy several cases and drink them over the next 20 to 30 years.”
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2016 Roth Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points, Wine & Spirits
“Roth Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is made from select vineyard sites within the southernmost hillsides of the Alexander Valley. This wine is a true reflection of our passion for the noble Cabernet grape. Our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is bold, full-bodied and rich. Dark in color, it displays mighty aromas of black cherry, cassis, wet stone, and sweet oak. Rich and layered flavors of red currant, blackberry, dark chocolate and vanilla complement the firm tannins, gaining power as the wine moves across the palate. Structured, and powerful, this Cabernet lingers on the finish.”
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2016 Sebastiani Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Year’s Best Cabernets, Wine & Spirits
“The 2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a dense ruby red color. Rich aromas of Crème de Cassis and bergamot tea predominate with hints of vanilla wafer and cocoa powder. The palate showcases focused blackberry fruit flavors in a more elegant style with some Cabernet spice and leanness. Bright berry fruit and a slight sweetness imparted by the oak lingers on the finish. The tannins are ripe and round affording early drinkability.” – David Nakaji, Winemaker
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2016 Sebastiani Alexander Valley Merlot
Gold, 2019 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
“Deep purple in the glass, our 2016 Alexander Valley Merlot displays aromas of red currant, plum, peppery spice, and cedar. On the palate, fruit expressions of juicy raspberry and cherry are met with earthy notes of forest floor and dried herbs. A wine of intense concentration, it is approachable now but will continue to develop and improve over the next few years.”
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Foley Johnson 2016 Rutherford Estate Meritage
91 points, Wine & Spirits
“The 2016 Estate Meritage is a 100% estate blend predominately consisting of Merlot (42%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Petit Verdot (12%) and a small amount of Cabernet Franc (5%). Dark ruby in the glass, it exhibits aromas of black currant, cassis and a hint of smoky tobacco. Notes of black cherry, plum, vanilla and mocha are present on the medium-bodied palate. Its smooth mouth-feel and soft tannins make this a wine perfect for drinking now or will age gracefully over the next 5-7 years.”
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Merus 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points, Wine Spectator
“A towering young wine, laden with gorgeously pure plum, boysenberry and blackberry puree flavors, showing flashes of violet and apple wood. Beautifully rendered, with power, grace and beguiling perfume throughout, revealing a long, refined structure through the finish. Best from 2021 through 2035.”