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(2022) Old vine Zinfandel weighing in with 14.8% alcohol, blended with around 10% Petite Sirah and other red varieties aged in French and American oak. Big and bountiful nose, crammed full of berries and spices, rich in dark chocolate and presenting that unique Zinfandel blast of hedonistic pleasure. Succulent and juicy on the palate, it is equally expansive with its fruit depth, but there is some structure and an edge of precision to the welter-weight of plump and sweet black fruits. The long finish cannot help but bring a smile to your face.
(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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