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Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002

Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002

Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, California

Price: $39.99
Item No. 77464
  • WE95
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Winemaker's Notes

"This is spectacular Pinot, which defines its South Coast terroir, is a great wine. The extracted fruit is massive, flooding the palate with cherries and raspberries, and the wine is well-oaked. Yet it combines its power with regal grace, which is what Pinot is supposed to do. Finishes with a silky, velvety harmony. Really an eye-opening wine, superb in every respect."
-Wine Enthusiast

With the 2002 vintage, we took what was already a low-yielding vineyard, which have been farming since 2000, and reduced the crop even more radically to increase the flavor concentration in the berries. When we hand harvested the grapes-from September 10 to October 4-we ended up with just over one ton per acre. The quality was so high and the flavors so distinctive that we felt this wine deserved to be named for the vineyard-located at the intersection of Clark Avenue and Telephone Roads. The wine has a dark scarlet, opaque color. Its aromas suggest cranberry with spicy notes of peppercorn, cumin and ginger. In the mouth, pepper-spice notes give way to strawberry flavors and firm acidity. The tannins are silky but firm, the texture is mouthcoating. The long, lingering finish combines notes of spicy tobacco and strawberry with sweet, toasty oak and hints of black licorice.

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Learn About Belle Glos

Belle Glos showcases distinctive Pinot Noirs produced from top growing areas along the California coast: the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County; the Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County; and the Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County. The climate differences are significant, depending on the amount of fog, wind, sunlight and soil type at each site. Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner is a...

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Learn About Santa Maria Valley

Situated near the ocean in the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley appellation runs east to west. Pacific Ocean air funnels in to cool the vineyards, allowing the grapes to evenly ripen and reach their full potential. This unique climate paired with the region's well-drained soils helps create some sought-after grapes. Notable Facts Pinot Noir and...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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