Belle Glos 2014 Pinot Noir, Dairyman Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Belle Glos is a super premium Pinot Noir produced by none other than the Wagner family, owners of Caymus Vineyards. The striking red wax capsule is a statement to the exceptional character of these wines. The family has sought out prime vineyard property in the best Pinot Noir producing region in California and this one is their latest purchases. Although they've worked with this vineyard, located in the southern alluvial plains of the Russian River, they just purchased it two years ago. 2013 is the third vintage. Once a dairy cow pasture, the vineyard is near the ocean, which results in cooling fog coming through the Petaluma Gap both in the morning and evening, along with afternoon breezes, helping to soften the effects of the warm sun. In 2013 the ideal conditions of the vintage lead to outstanding quality. Only free run juice was fermented and then aged 9 months in French oak. It shows bright cherry, cranberry, brown sugar and spice on the nose. On the palate the bright cherry opens up to a velvety richness and vibrant acidity enlivening the cherry, berry, cola, cranberry and brown spice flavors. The lengthy finish will leave you wanting more. Wine Spectator said "Big and rich, perhaps too much so as the flavors veer into the realm of a smoky, jammy, raisiny potion that strips this of varietal identity, yet this works quite nicely as a robust red. Drink now."