Clayhouse Estate Rhone 2011 White Blend 750ml 4-Pack
$64.99 $̶1̶1̶7̶.̶0̶0̶ 44% off List Price
2011 Estate Cuveé Blanc, Red Cedar Vineyard Paso Robles
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Clayhouse Estate Rhone White Blend
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Never met a Clayhouse I didn’t like. :happy:
Had this last week. Transferred my CT note to Cesare’s link (wine created with slightly different name).
Will someone from the winery be stopping by?
If so, I have a question unrelated to this wine… A few years ago I purchased a case of late harvest Zinfandel from you…375 ml bottles…fantastic dessert wine. I see you no longer have it on your website. Is there any chance you have a few library bottles rolling around? I’d love to buy another case or two.
HMM similar blend to yesterday! people should buy both and compare so i can buy the best one next time
Agreed. The consistency and quality of their estate wines is impressive.
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I wasn’t aware that Clayhouse made zin
They do however make an awesome Petite Sirah port. As Mark would say… nom nom!
I think we missed opening it over the D&D Weekend! :happy:
Don’t foget NorCal Vintage Merlot Night! March 23rd!
We had it at the Clayhouse table though. Their new vintage. First in a while.
This was a long time ago – vintage was 2004. I believe it was indeed fortified. Only web image I could find:
Wish I could get my hands on one too.
I won’t foget!
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Bahwm and I had a bottle of this with dinner last night. The initial impression of the nose was grass with some herbal notes, maybe cilantro, but not the kind of grassiness I don’t like in Sauvignon Blanc. Then I got a distinct floral character, reminding me this is 30% Viognier.
Entry is smooth, not a trace of heat, plenty of fruit up front, a nice mouthfeel with a lingering finish. We paired it with sea bass and asparagus, a perfect choice. The fish was topped with lime juice, ginger, shallots, soy sauce and cilantro, and the wine held up beautifully to the mélange of strong flavors. There was enough left to have with a spinach and pine nut salad we nearly always pair with red, but this wine was a great match for the olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic dressing.
I could see this as an aperitif, a great choice for sitting on the front porch on a summer evening, or the accompaniment for a wide variety of foods. This, from a mainly red wine drinker: I wish I’d bought more when it was offered last fall, but with the summer coming, I won’t make that mistake again.
Also had a bottle of this recently, and I found that it evolved significantly as it warmed from fridge temperature towards room temp.
When cold I found the whole experience a bit lacking- not much nose or interesting things going on.
As it warmed up the typical rhone white notes appeared in the nose- I’d call it honeysuckle and apricot?
At this point it had a prominant citrus mid palate, and a juicey lychee on the finish. I found this immensly enjoyable with the Peking Duck I was eating- particularly the interaction of the unctuous duck fat and the hoisin with the wine.
After dinner at room temperature the wine was full on citrus, with a long finish of same.
As it warmed the mouthfeel got very silky and tongue coating… Which you would think wouldn’t go well with the duck fat, but it really did.
Nice interesting white that a primarily red drinker enjoyed. I think I might order some just to have this exact pairing again, as it was “port and chocolate” kind of amazing…
And my notes are the other review seen in the CT link.
I neglected to mention in my earlier post how the wine evolved as it warmed up to room temperature by the time we finished the bottle. This is very similar to our experience, except that, in a rare departure from my usual clumsy practice, I actually had it warm up a bit from fridge temperature to a better drinking temp before opening.