Monday, March 3, 2014

Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012

I selected this, a week after we tasted a duo of Belle Glos Pinots from their Las Alturas vineyard, named for the vineyard from the producer named for the Matriarch of the Wagner family, noted for its Napa Valley Caymus Cabernet Sauvignons. When our industry account team gathered for a strategy planning and coordination session, team leader Bernie G graciously hosted us for an evening of wine, libations and snacks. When Bernie generously threw open the wine cooler offering wine selections, I seized upon the Belle Glos inviting comparison to last weeks' tastings.

I wrote last week about Belle Glos Vineyard Select Pinot Noirs from the Wagner family Las Alturas vineyard. This selection is from their Clark & Telephone Vineyard, named for its location near the corner of Clark Avenue and Telephone Road in the Santa Maria Valley. The site is cooled by wind and fog that rolls in from the Pacific Ocean following the Santa Maria River. The vineyard was planted in 1972 with the Martini clone of Pinot Noir, one of the first to be used along the California coastlands.

Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Like the Las Alturas vineyard selection tasted last week, this was bigger, brighter and more expressive than what I recall from earlier vintage tastings from this producer. While not as big, bold or complex as  what I recall from the Las Alturas, this was smoother and more polished allowing for easier more casual drinking. Dark ruby colored, medium to full bodied, smooth and polished with nicely integrated full flavors of black raspberry, with hints of blueberry, subtle strawberry and cherry. There are tones of cinnamon, spice, sweet oak and tea on a lively acidity long finish with supple tannins.

RM 90 points.