(2014) This is a barrel selection, and combination of Burgundy clones and the 'Swan clone', brought to California by Joseph Swan. The colour shows a little development and is medium-deep. On the nose there's a solidity and earthiness. It is a good expression of Pinot on the plummier side, even verging into prune notes, though there is a teasing glimpse of more floral and lifted spice. On the palate this has a touch of mocha and chocolate, and a really sweet core of ripe fruit that is delicious, if a touch overripe, but there's an edge here, with a sinewy grip to the tannins and plenty of acidity that means though it finishes with spice and fruit extraction. There is a slightly baked quality to the fruit compared to the fresher 2009 Masia, but it is not clumsy style. Around
(2013) The blend is 44% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, "handcrafted in a traditional European style," according to the label. On the nose, soaring mint and cassis dominate, a real eucalypt and menthol lift and a little herbal, some hints of creamy oak and bramble depth. On the palate there is plenty of sweet vanilla here, perhaps a tad too much, but the juicy cut of the acidity and roughening plum-skin edge of the tannins do help to offset the creamy sweetness of the fruit and oak. A big wine, but not a clumsy one, a certain refinement amongst all that ripeness.
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