Name of wine: Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone Vineyards 2010
(Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, California) Alcohol 14.3%
Price paid: $40
Where purchased: K and L Wines, San Francisco, California
Tasting Notes and my Comments: I am loving these Santa Barbara wines! This one is a spicy fruit bomb and we just can’t get enough of it. there is good pinot noir and then there is great stuff that really stands out from the rest like Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone. This one is a winner. Buy all you can, while you can. This Belle Glos pinot is right on the edge of what I call wine candy. Tasted August 5th, 2012.
Color: Luscious red hue. Lighter around the edges like a young pinot should look.
Nose: Fruit forward nose. Cherries and blackberry jam.
Palate: Firm tannins and light acidity. Big mouthfuls of fruit. Medium finish.
Food: I can easily drink this one by itself by the glass. It would be great with BBQ chicken or any smoky dish too.
Joseph Wagner, son of Caymus great Chuck Wagner, is behind this one. You can really taste The big, Napa Cab background that Joseph was raised in here.
From the Belle Glos website:
“Clark & Telephone Vineyard, located near the corner of Clark Avenue and Telephone Road in the Santa Maria Valley, is cooled by wind and fog that snakes in from the Pacific Ocean along a channel of the Santa Maria River.
Established in 1972, the Clark & Telephone Vineyard was planted “own root” to the Martini clone. This heirloom clone of Pinot Noir, one of the first to grace the California coastlands, has become something of a lost treasure.”
What is your favorite new world or old world red burgundy?