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Date Printed: 12/28/2014
Belle Glos Taylor Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
Belle Glos Taylor Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 102481)
collectible wine


PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

At less than six miles from the Pacific Ocean and subject to sometimes ruthless fog and winds, the Taylor Lane Vineyard can make growing grapes an act of faith.

To achieve full maturity at this coastal site, we paired the early-ripening Dijon clones with an adapted traditional Italian trellis system that carries the vine shoots across a nearly horizontal canopy. The trellis acts as a solar panel for maximum ripening and permits dappled sunlight throughout the day and excellent air circulation to the fruit; its height also lets us graze sheep for weed control.

Dense, dark ruby color. The aromas of dense berry pie filling, bright cherry and light smoke notes saturate the nose. The flavors are abundant yet extremely focused and refined...cherries, chocolate, caramel… this is an excellent food wine with a full mouth feel and balanced acidity leading to a long finish.

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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 fourth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since 1906. The name Belle Glos (pronounced BELL GLOSS), honors Joseph’s grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards.