Clayhouse Paso Robles 2008 Malbec, $10.99-$15.99, 86 points, appeared with draping sheets of crushed blackberry purple on the glass wall above a clear rim toward an opaque core.
Fennel, plum, and coffee on the nose were interesting though not particularly fragrant.
The near full body carried fair acidity and mild tannin with plum, pomegranate, and an almost molasses flavor.
Finished long on an accelerating spice, licorice, sour currant, and a hint of the 13.5% alcohol.
This is a satisfactory red table wine, and paired well with my rare Porterhouse steak.
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