2006 Clayhouse Vineyard US Red Blend "Hillside Cuvee"
Winery: Clayhouse Vineyard
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Hillside Cuvee"
Wine Category: US Red Blend
Grape blend: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Petite Verdot, & 7% Malbec
Region: Paso Robles
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 254
KWG Score: 88.5 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: November 9, 2010
Wine Review: This slightly opaque and very dark purple colored wine opens with a fragrant blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very nicely balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black raspberry with a touch of oak, boysenberry and a hint of black pepper. The finish is quite dry and its dusty tannins are moderate and stick with you for a while. This blend is very food friendly and it would pair well with barbecue steak tips. I would even use a little in the marinade. Enjoy – Ken
Winemaker Notes: The 2006 Hillside Cuvee is an elegant and classic Bordeaux blend with a moderated California fruit influence. It has complex aromas of black fruits, with hints of cassis, raspberry, licorice and a touch of violet and chocolaty oak. In the mouth the wine displays full-bodied fruit, floral, and earthy components, with a ripe finish and rich, lingering tannins. It should age well for another five to seven years.
Organic status: not organic
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