- Clua Mas D'en Pol Blanca 2012 Product #27300 (In Stock)
Maybe it’s the great 2012 vintage (a winner in pretty much all of Europe), or perhaps it’s a little more rigorous vineyard work or a touch more sophistication in the blend. Or, it could just be that Xavier left Muscat out of the blend this year. Whatever the cause, this is far and away my favorite release of this sophisticated but crowd-pleasing white ever.
Xavier makes this from Grenache Blanc, Chardonnay and a dash of Sauvignon Blanc grown in the rocky, hard-to-work, vineyards of Terra Alta. Fermented cool in tank and bottled without ever touching a barrel, it delivers just the right balance of luscious nectarine and tangy pineapple fruit with hints of lemon grass and lime pith. Round, generous, and mouthfilling, the real excitement here is on the back palate and finish where a burst of selzer, chalk, and briny mineral emerges under the mouthwatering acidity. A refreshing white you’ll love sipping on the back deck with nibbles and enjoy even more with shellfish, sausage, or paella. Just a winner all around.
- Clua Mas D'en Pol Negre 2012 Product #28649 (In Stock)
It’s a little hard to communicate how exciting we found the new release of Xavier Clua’s unoaked blend of Garnacha, Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot. My tasting note isn’t bad: “Here there’s loads of ripe, tangy, fruit – pomegranate syrup, black raspberry and blood orange – that’s very intense and at once super sweet and super tangy. Tangy pomegranate, raspberry juice, and more blood orange well up on the mouthwatering finish with just a wisp of soft, ripe, tannin and spice. For sipping, parties, or almost any kind of fresh, grilled, or roasted food.”
But it’s actually even more exciting than that. This is the kind of complete wine that will feel friendly and fun when all you want is something to sip but deliver more complexity and character when you have it with a meal.