Clayhouse Paso Robles 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $13.99-$15.99, 87 points, was my mystery wine in the Hall-Vertical-Blind tasting, and the one Ethan elevated above the massive ramparts of the Hall-Wall.
Though he didn't say directly, I believe he was impressed with its long finish and fruit-forward qualities.
Clayhouse Paso Robles 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, has a brighter magenta color than the Hall Cabs, and the aroma is quite fruity with just a hint of petrol.
Flavors of plum and dark fruit were lively, but still there was that hint of petrol which I don't like.
The nearly full body carried good acidity and a striking tannic presence.
Finishing long on velvety spice made this wine a good value for me.
Ben scored this wine 89 points, and described it as "affectionate yet conniving, like a used-car salesman. . ."
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