Belle Glos - Balade Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills (750mL)
Overview: While each vineyard location lies near the Pacific Ocean, the climate differences are significant, varying with the amount of fog, wind, sunlight, and soil type at each site. Each Vineyard Designate is crafted to distill the purest essence of the locale into elegant expressions of California Pinot Noir.
Owner/winemaker, Joe Wagner chose the name Belle Glos (pronounced “BELL GLOSS”) to honor his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner. Lorna was a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards, an inspirational figure to Joseph and an avid lover of Pinot Noir.
This is not anything like Burgundy, yet a wine that defies tradition and has elevated the way Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir should taste.
Tasting Notes: Dark violet in color with aromas of dark fruit and toasted brioche with a hint of baking spice to round out the nose. A full palate that is expansive then segues to a chalky firmness with rounded edges. Blackberry, boysenberry, French toast, creamy vanilla, black pepper, and cinnamon dance on the palate. Perfectly balanced with a finish that will linger with a hint of ripe but sour cranberry.
Pairing: Duck, goose, and game birds
Points: 93, Wine Enthusiast
Format/ABV: 750 ml/14.6%
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