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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

2007 Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir

I'm sure Joseph Wagner (winemaker) would prefer that I talk about the wine and not the fact that he's the son of the famous Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards. At any rate his heritage will have to follow him and I'm sure he's proud of his own accomplishments because these wines are great!

The name Belle Glos (pronounced "bell gloss") was given to these wines in honor of Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, grandmother of Joe and a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards.

The Clark & Telephone vineyard was established in 1972 and was originally planted to "own root" Martini clone Pinot noir. It's located in the Santa Maria Valley near the corner of Clark avenue and Telephone road.

On the nose this wine shows aromas of sandalwood, brown spice, red raspberry, and hints of herb and spearmint. The texture of this wine is very round, supple, and sensuous, but then on the finish there is a load of intense spice and firm tannin. The flavors are packed with delicious red fruits and a dazzling spiciness that comes from the presence of oak.

Some friends and I tasted this wine along with several other Pinot's and all agreed that this was among the most bold and spicy efforts. If you like a classic example of the Santa Barbara style Pinot Noir then this totally hits the spot. This is the type of Pinot that will age gracefully as well, because of it's powerful structure, big tannin, and razor acidity. 90 Points

Frank Gutierrez said...

I'm also a BIG fan of the Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir. It's probably my personal favorite. Winemaker Joe Wagner and I had the opportunity to film a video at this vineyard recently. It's a beautiful site to make Pinot Noir. Video coming soon.

 
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