About Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Pinot Noir 2019:
Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir is a single-vineyard Pinot Noir. The goal 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. Clark & Telephone vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley is well suited to producing a wine in Belle Glos’ signature style.
Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Tasting Notes:
Deep ruby red in color with lush aromas of ripe cherry, nutmeg, and dark chocolate laced with clove, cedar, and lightly toasted oak. Bold and unctuous on the palate with dark ripe fruit, baking spices, cocoa, and blueberry pie filling. The texture is rich and velvety which leads to a long, structured finish.
Aged in 100% French oak (60% new) for up to nine months
An abnormally cold and rainy winter brought much-needed precipitation to Southern California but delayed bud break and early grapevine growth into late March. The weather quickly changed to sunny, warm, and dry in April, which caused rapid grapevine growth into early May. Mid-May saw the return of very wet, cold weather and record amounts of rainfall. Mild early summer weather transitioned to a hot August, but the marine layer allowed the grapes to ripen evenly and retain their natural acidity. The vineyard was able to start harvesting the fruit in mid-September and completed harvest on the second week of October.
Harvest Dates: The vineyard was able to start harvesting the fruit in mid-September and completed harvest on the second week of October
Harvested early in the morning so the fruit would arrive at the winery while the grapes were still cool to preserve the vineyard-fresh flavors. After de-stemming (but not crushing) the berries, cold-soaked the fruit for up to two weeks to soften the skins and allow for ideal extraction. During fermentation in a combination of closed and open-top stainless steel fermenters, we used both punch-downs and pump-overs to extract color and tannins, and also to control temperatures and maximize flavors. The winemaker aged the wine in 100% French oak (60% new) for up to nine months. After the wine underwent malolactic fermentation, we racked it twice before making the final blend.
About The Winery:
While each vineyard location lies near the Pacific Ocean, the climate differences are significant, varying with the amount of fog, wind, sunlight, and soil type at each site. Each Vineyard Designate is crafted to distill the purest essence of the locale into elegant expressions of California Pinot Noir.
Owner/winemaker, Joe Wagner chose the name Belle Glos (pronounced “BELL GLOSS”) to honor his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner. Lorna was a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards, an inspirational figure to Joseph and an avid lover of Pinot Noir.
The Clark & Telephone Vineyard was established in 1972 and planted with “own root” Martini clone vines. Located just 13 miles from the ocean and situated on a west-facing slope, this vineyard experiences weather patterns that pull from west to east to bring cool fog and coastal breezes inland until August when Santa Ana winds begin. This climate makes for later-ripening and longer-hanging grapes with a delightful fruitiness, great acidity and underlying flavor nuances that contribute additional complexity. Due to intensive pruning and crop-thinning, the vines produce loose clusters with small, intensely flavored berries. The result is dense, dark-berry fruit and abundant, sweet, baking-spice characteristics that are synonymous with
the Martini clone.