2006 Clayhouse Vineyard US Red Blend "Estate Cuvee"
Winery: Clayhouse Vineyard
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Estate Cuvee"
Wine Category: US Red Blend
Grape blend: 29% Grenache, 26% Mourvedre, 26% Syrah, & 19% Petite Sirah
Region: Paso Robles
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 330
KWG Score: 89.3 (based on 3 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: July 18, 2011
Wine Review: This 2006 vintage wine has developed very nicely. It is very dark ruby colored and opens with a mild oak infused spicy black raspberry bouquet with a hint of red currant. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild blueberry and black cherry blend with a hint of oak and spice. The finish is quite dry and its tannins build up and stick around for quite a while. 2006 was a vintage known for big tannins. This wine is softening nicely and with its tasty flavors would be perfect with a ribeye at your favorite steakhouse. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: The 2006 Estate Cuvee is an elegant and authentic Rhone blend with a moderated California fruit influence: the addition of old vine Petite Sirah from our Block 43 adds a balanced tannic character. The meatiness of the Syrah is supported by the fruit-forward Grenache, balanced with the black pepper, color and tannin from the Petite, and blueberry spice from the Mourvedre. The wine should age well for another five to seven years.
Organic status: not organic
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