Clayhouse Adobe Red 2009

Vineyard
Based on Zinfandel, this lip-smacking, juicy red is the result of blending grape varieties and flavors grown throughout California’s Central Coast. The majority of the grapes came from our estate Red Cedar Vineyard, just east of the town of Paso Robles. Adobe Red is a fun and tasty flavor fusion of six different grape varieties: 32% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, 13% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 9% Petit Verdot.

Winemaking
Yields in 2009 were larger than 2008, and heavy rains in October presented
challenges for some growers. Most of the later ripening varieties at Red Cedar Vineyard were harvested prior to the rains. After picking and pressing, the different varietal lots all fermented separately. All of the lots aged for 12 months, some of them in European and American oak barrels. The majority of the lots stayed in stainless steel to preserve their forward fruit characteristics. The final blend was put together in early 2011, and the new wine was bottled in March, 2011.

Characteristics
The Adobe Red is a proprietary Zinfandel-based blend with effusive aromas of cherry
spice, blackberry and pepper, with hints of brambles and plum. Cherry/berry flavors
dominate on the palate. The tannins are fine and supple, and a bit of oak character
adds additional vanilla notes to the balanced finish.

Harvest Date(s): SEPTEMBER 8—november 3, 2009
Harvest Brix: 23.9-28.4 Degrees
pH: 3.70
Total Acidity: 0.55 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.5%
Oak Age: 14 mo nths, neutra l Europea n, Fre nch and Amer ica n
Bottling Date: MARCH, APRIL , & MAY, 2011
Case Production: 43,000 9-liter cases
CLOSURE : Stelvin Scre w Cap

Tasting Date: November 2011
Vintage: 2009
Varietal:32% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, 13% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 9% Petit Verdot.
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Retail Price on Tasting Date: $14.99

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