The colour was a likable deep red with some purply highlights; the smell of raspberry and strawberry harmonized nicely. The medium body was filled with cherry and blackberry flavours. The finish of spicy pink peppercorn with bits of oak was short but intense. There wasn’t much complexity in each sip, but it was interesting. The play of the propriety blend of quite a few grapes added a decent enough structure that kept me coming back for more. As I ate my faux chicken nuggets and organic tator-tots smothered in smoked gouda, the finish expanded deliciously into flavours of black cherry pie that conveniently tricked me into finishing the bottle.
Whilst wandering around my local warehouse-type wine shop, my eye caught the label of the Clayhouse Adobe Red 2008. Not that it had any artistic merit or was even really pleasing to the eye; it was just different. I picked it up and decided to embark on another screw top adventure.
40% Zinfandel, 17% Syrah, 13% Petite Syrah, 9% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Tempranillo, 3% Merlot
Produced and Bottled by Clayhouse Vineyard