Profile Series: Bob Foley
We readily admit to having unabashed enthusiasm for Bob Foley’s wines; been feeling this way for a lot of years. Foley’s genius comes through in the glass almost every time. It seems as if he takes winemaking back to a primal goal of "make it taste good" and succeeds better than just about anyone else at achieving that goal.
So when we say that it was an "honor" to have Bob Foley host a tasting of 18 of his wines, the word is not used as cliché. After all, didn’t we proclaim that "Bob Foley is the God of Cabernet" in an earlier report?
Not surprisingly, the Cabernet Sauvignons were indeed the brightest stars this evening. But the Syrahs were not far behind, a revelation for those of us who were unfamiliar with Foley’s deft hand with Syrah. The Merlots were superb on their own terms. Even as a "least preferred" flight, the Cabernet Francs held our interest and gathered our appreciation.
What did surprise us was Foley’s amazing ability to captivate his audience; he speaks as well as he makes wine, providing numerous insights from the vineyard and winery. For example, us city-slicker Easterners learned all about "tarweed," a wild, exotic, floral note found in many of his wines. Foley’s easy-going, friendly speaking style was well received while he managed to provide gushers of valuable information. Combined with tasting so many wonderful wines, this event will go down as an EWS classic, stimulating to the palate and brain. Thank you Bob Foley!
2005 Executive Wine Seminars Blind Tasting