Clayhouse Red Cedar Vineyard Paso Robles 2009 Tempranillo, $29.23-$38.99, 91 points, appeared as a deep purple red with a clear rim at the mildly leggy glass wall.
The aroma, though good, is a rather tame red cherry.
The medium-plus body carried good acidity and strident tannin that carried throughout most of the deeper palate and into the finish.
Good flavors of red cherry, tobacco, and a hint of eucalyptus trailed into the very long finish of tannin and spice with a hint of the 14.1% alcohol.
I doubt that this wine is for most Merlot lovers, but for those who want something food friendly, a bit more intense than their normal Merlot, or just for those who don't believe that California can produce an excellent Tempranillo, this just might be an eye-opening and delicious alternative.
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