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2005 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / MONTEREY
  • 92 WA
  • 83 WS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 157061-2005

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 83

    A strong minty quality dominates the aroma and flavor, which some will find more alluring. Tight and concentrated, with herb-laced berry flavors that are focused and long.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 2005 Pinot Noir Las Alturas Vineyard possesses a broad texture, deep, sweet fruit, forest floor, black raspberry, cherry, and currant aromas, and beautiful purity as well as seamlessness. All three of these Pinots are best consumed during their first 3-4 years of life.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Ages better than I thought it would.
    Drink Dates: 2006-2018
    Author: Gregory K
A project initiated by Chuck Wagner of Caymus fame, Belle Glos represents a dramatic shift in California winemaking practices. Wagner had grown Pinot Noir on his Napa property in the 1960s and bottled it under the Caymus label until 1990, but realized Napa Valley did not provide optimal conditions for this cool-climate varietal. Shifting the focus from winemaking techniques to winegrowing location, Wagner's son Joseph sourced the first fruit for the Belle Glos label in 2001 from a 30 year-old vineyard in the much cooler, and coastal, Santa Maria Valley. The Wagner family had taken over that vineyard in 2000 and subsequently dropped fruit to reduce yields, creating the foundation for a wine of balance and purity. Joesph Wagner oversees winemaking at Belle Glos, producing a Pinot Blanc, a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir blend, and three single vineyard Pinots: Taylor Lane Vineyard (Sonoma Coast); Clark & Telephone Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley); Las Alturas Vineyard (Santa Lucia Highlands).

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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 316 bottles owned
  • 31 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 31 collectors)