Friday, February 17, 2012

Clayhouse Paso Robles 2007 Syrah

Clayhouse Paso Robles 2007 Syrah, $10.80-$15.00, 91 points, is a standout wine. With so many wines that disappoint, this one is a surprisingly good wine, though it reminds me more of a Dry Creek Zinfandel than a Paso Robles Syrah. Now it is important to understand that I love spicy wines absent weird flavors, and this wine excels in this category; if spicy wines aren't your thing, then I'd skip this and go for a smooth fruit-forward Russian River wine, for example.
The Clayhouse Paso Robles 2007 Syrah has a dark ruby red color that rims garnet to transparent. The nose has hints of florality on sweet cooking spice.
Having a medium body with bright acidity, this Syrah delivers a juicy, briary flavor profile so pronounced as to mask its damson plum and spiced strawberry.
Clayhouse finishes long, very long on black and white pepper. You may want to decant this Syrah!
As for those chocolate lovers out there, don't miss the experience of tasting chocolate with Syrah, and this one pairs nicely with dark chocolate.
The Clayhouse Paso Robles 2007 Syrah was purchased at Hannaford's super market.  

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1 comment:

  1. I've long been a fan of their inexpensive Adobe Red blend (primarily Zin/Syrah). Unfortunately, the Syrah isn't sold in Kansas. Sounds like you got a hell of a wine at a hell of a price!