2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

From Bob Foley: Beautifully ripened and carefully oaked 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Black cherry, currant and a suggestion of saddle leather nuances combine to offer irresistible aromatics. Lush mid-palate textures introduce the sweet, dense tannin spectrum where dark muddled cherries and toasty oak flavors marry and linger in another amazing finish.

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Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2002
Harvest: October 2002
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.7%
Bottling: December 2004
Production: 1210 cases
Release Date: April 2005
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  • The Wine Advocate: February 28, 2005 - Rating: 96-100

    The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals an inkier purple color along with a classic nose of graphite, creme de cassis, smoke, crushed rocks, and barrique. Surprisingly approachable, long, concentrated, and impressive with flawless integration of wood, tannin, and acidity, it can be enjoyed over the next 15+ years.

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2005, Issue 120 - Rating: 93

    (a selected vineyard block consisting mostly of 30 year old vines): Good red-ruby. Roasted red currant, mocha, licorice, dark chocolate and menthol on the nose; clearly riper than the regular cabernet. Then big, chewy, broad and deep, with powerful flavors of currant, chocolate, mocha and tobacco, sweetened by oak. Finishes impressively long, with big, broad, horizontal tannins.

  • Vinous: 2012 & 2013 Napa Valley: Too Close to Call (May 2024) - Rating: 94

    The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has aged well, although it is now fully mature. Dark fruit, worn-in leather, espresso, tobacco and incense are signs of a wine that has arrived at its peak. The style is classic Bob Foley, with plenty of ripe fruit and new oak inflections. Sweet floral and spice notes lift the finish nicely. Proprietor Steve Pride adds that these were the highest yields ever for the estate at the time. There is certainly plenty to admire here. 

    - By Antonio Galloni on May 2024

  • Wine Spectator: July 12, 2006 - Rating: 92

    Spice, red currant and blackberry aromas, turning taut and firm on the palate with with mouthcoating tannins. Hints of mocha and vanilla bean add a nice flavor dimemsion and on the finish the fruit and tannins shine through. Best from 2009 through 2014.