Clayhouse ‘Casa de Arcilla’ Grenache Blanc Case
$109.99 $252.00 56% off List Price
2012 Casa de Arcilla Garnacha Blanca, Paso Robles
CT link above
We had a bottle of the 2012 Casa de Arcilla Garnacha Blanca with dinner a few nights ago. In the glass, it’s a beautiful light amber color with a lovely aroma of tropical fruits, pineapple, and pears.
On the palate, more pears, white peaches, and a hint of citrus, with a medium finish. Just the right amount of astringency made it a perfect companion for seared sea scallops and a roasted asparagus, avocado, and baby spinach salad with a lemon garlic vinaigrette.
I really enjoyed this wine, and look forward to enjoying some more this summer, especially at this price. In for one (or two?).
We tasted the ’12 Casa de Arcilla Garnacha Blanca from Paso Robles the other night. It really is a lovely wine with a pale straw color. Upon first opening, after it had been too well-chilled, I got pineapple and grapefruit on the nose. But, it was different. There were other aromas that I could not identify. On the palate, I noticed some pineapple, apricot, and vanilla and other flavors that were very pleasing to the palate—along the lines of “I cannot identify what I am tasting, but I REALLY like it!” But, yet, it was very crisp with a medium finish. While we were eating dinner, the wine warmed up a bit and when I took another sip, it felt as if I had just taken a bite of pear! It was most delicious!
Since ddeuddeg already mentioned our food pairing, I will not repeat those details. This is a well-made wine. Go for it! It will be perfect for those summer nights with a cheese board on the patio! Also, great for gifts.
Drink by when??
Have lots of whites and blush purchased these past few weeks, but thought I might throw these in the mix. The stainless works for me…
From a Previous offer, these are community notes as seen in CT.
It’s always strange when a single bottle magically appears in the mail. It’s also strange that we ALL start these rattage messages with a couple cutesy, unrelated sentences, so let’s all take it as assumed I’ve done that and dive right in:
I really didn’t like this wine.
I hate saying that, especially as I think the whole “sending test bottles to customers” thing is an outstanding practice, and I always applaud wineries for participating in Woot deals, but it really just wasn’t very good. Usual “grain of salt” warnings, and the fact that I am mostly a red, occasionally rose and orange, rarely white guy, but I’ve drank enough whites (and had a friend try it with me who likes whites, and we both came to similar conclusions) to at least gauge good-decent-bad, and this fell into the bad category for me.
The nose was decent, and promising, a bit soft but some nice green apple and even a touch of spice. This was the best part for me, and even softened the taste by taking it in right after taking a drink.
The mouth was just really not good. I tried to look for flavors but it was a mish mash behind a wall of bitter. Maybe I got a bad bottle, and I did succeed in finding a bit of tartness that I liked. My friend was not as forgiving and refused to keep drinking. I let it sit for a while, but half an hour and warming to room temperature didn’t help much at all.
Two days in the fridge brought a little bit more fruit forward and killed some of the bitter, so maybe this is a wine that should be cellared? In my experience that’s in the less common camp for whites so I couldn’t say.
Again, maybe the bottle was bad; we were in a minor heatwave when it arrived (90s, which for Portland is pretty high), so maybe it was tainted. I don’t really know. All I know is neither of us liked this enough to keep drinking it, which (at least for me) is saying something.
Edit to add: I just remembered it was still in the fridge, so I just took a slug of it (we opened it on Wednesday, so this is now four days later)–it has improved, a lot of the bitterness is gone. It’s dry and there is still that tart, which is nice, with a bit of sweet melon, on the palate. It might do well as a replacement for Vermouth in a martini, actually, as it is rather dry at this point. So maybe cellar for a while, then certainly decant, and if you are a fan of dryer whites, maybe this is your thing?
All tasting notes for this wine have been cross posted into CT under user name wine.woot_taster. User names have been removed to protect the guilty. PM me if you want your tasting note removed or user name added back.
Thanks and back to the wineing.
I could really use some white wine, and the price looks solid. Anyone want to split the case?
Well, I have yet to have a Clayhouse wine I didn’t really, really like. This is a great QPR, esp. for a varietal (this is the price range of their Adobe series, perhaps it is a bit cheaper).
Anyway, it is no where near 90F, so I’m going to order in spite of those damning CT reviews. Sounds like it is right up my alley, although I wish it had a little bit lower ETOH…
In for one, where I’d normally be in for 2 (at least). We’re watching our waistlines ; )
What happened to the cool tasting notes logo we saw the other day?
TT was adding it, I think she’s off on the weekends… But I’m sure there’s another mod who is assigned to WW for the weekends who is more than capable to do a simple task like that.
Hello, Stacey with Clayhouse Wines. This wine is completely dry. Very crisp. Excellent for the upcoming warm weather. It’s drinking pretty nicely right now, and given the solid acidity in this wine, it should probably hold up for at least 12 - 18 months.
cortot: it really does sound like you got a bad bottle or something. Maybe it was the heat because we really did enjoy it. Hope you enjoy the ones that you have ordered. Kudos to you for giving it a shot. It did work great with our scallops, but I liked it on its own!
Not sure you saw the header in my post but those are another board members notes from a prior sale.
I think the monkey is really pushing me to try a white, why else would I find one on my patio last week. Now everyone knows I’m a dry red Cab man. But hey I’m ready to take one for the team.
1st off the aroma of this wine is quite nice, and the 1st taste I was really shocked, this stuff is good! Not sweet at all, why I expected sweet I guess is my nativity of white wines, well “shame on me” this stuff is really good. Chilled it overnight in my wine fridge, and popped it open this afternoon. Didn’t know this was being offered until this morning.
I don’t really know how to how to critique a white other than say as a big red wine aficionado I can honestly say I would buy this wine, seems to be a great summer wine, light, a little fruity but not sweet at all, a nice dry light white wine. The wife really liked it also.
Thanks to the monkey to introduce me to a white I like.
See even “old dogs” can learn new tricks.
(why would they not let me use the word "shame on me without the astericks ? is the word not PC?)
shame on you
TT’s been at it again.
But, that is a strange one…
Ok great notes and I need a summer white. In for one.
Clayhouse Casa de Arcilla Grenache Blanc Case
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ugh that’s me forgot my amazon payments are tied into my spare wine account.
Have you had Tercero’s Grenache Blanc?