"My goal with each of the Belle Glos single-vineyard Pinot Noirs is to express the uniqueness of each vineyard and craft a genuine style of California Pinot Noir that is layered, complex, fruit-forward and rich. Our Las Alturas vineyard in the Santa LuciaHighlands of Monterey County is well suited to producing a wine in our signature style." - JOSEPH WAGNER OWNER & WINEMAKER
Dark plum in color with abundant aromas of dark chocolate, black cherry, and sun-ripened blackberry with hints of black currant and cedar. There are layered flavors of blackberry and raspberry pie filling on the palate, accompanied by notes of cinnamon, chocolate, and nutmeg. This wine is smooth and focused with refined tannins and a medium finish.
Winter was unusually warm and dry until a series of mid-January storms brought much-needed rainfall. Cold, wet conditions lasted through March, delaying the bud break and early grapevine growth. After a brief period of warm weather, cold temperatures returned in mid-May. Summer was sunny and warm, causing bloom and fruit set to occur rapidly and the Pinot Noir crop to size up uniformly. Due to the relatively cool year, the grapes ripened evenly and retained their natural acidity, as well as beautiful flavors and brilliant color. We started harvesting the Pinot Noir crop in mid-September and completed harvest on the third week of October.
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