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Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone Vineyards 2010


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.

Winemakers notes:

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.”

Also reviewed on Luscious Lushes blog – Belle Glos is a Pinot Noir made for a Cab lover.”

What is your favorite new world or old world red burgundy?

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Beckmen Vineyards 2009 Estate Syrah Santa Ynez Valley

Beckmen Vineyards 2009 Estate Syrah Santa Ynez Valley - Wine Review


Name of wine:
  Beckmen Vineyards 2009 Estate Syrah Santa Ynez Valley (100% Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, 1800 cases made)

Price paid:  $20

Where purchased:  KL Wines, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  I love this wine!   This one you could enjoy on its own after work.  Beckmen is very reliable and really delivered in the 2009 vintage.  It was biodynamically farmed as well.  It is layered, deep, and concentrated.  Santa Ynez Valley AVA, which is part of the Central Coast AVA, includes Purisma hills and was the shooting location of the movie Sideways.   100% estate grown, produced, and bottled.  1800 cases produced.

Color:  Red garnet hue.

Nose:  Fruit forward and fragrant spice.  Slight olive scent.

Palate:  Sharp tannins. Smooth and light mouth feel.  Plum skin notes.  Noticeable acidity.

Food:  A lighter body Syrah, great with pizza, spaghetti with red sauce or hearty cheeses.

Winemakers notes:  (From beckmenvineyards.com)

  • 100% estate grapes from our biodynamically farmed Purisima Mountain Vineyard
  • Made from 11 individual lots consisting of eight different clones of Syrah, with 2-4 rootstock possibilities, depending on soil composition, to achieve multiple layers of flavor
  • Individual vineyard lots were destemmed and hand sorted whole-berry for greater purity of flavor
  • Grapes were gently crushed and cold-soaked for 2-5 days to extract color and taste-enhancing phenolics
  • Fermentation took place with native yeast in open tops for a period of 5-10 days, depending on the lot
  • The caps were punched down by hand three times daily
  • Grapes were gently basket-pressed
  • The wine underwent spontaneous native malolactic fermentation in-barrel to integrate fruit and oak character
  • The wine was barrel aged for 10 months in 35% new French oak
UPDATE:  I just tried the 2010 Beckmen Vineyards Estate Syrah Santa Ynez Valley and like it even more!

What is your favorite Rhone Varietal?

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com