Owner/winemaker, Joe Wagner chose the name Belle Glos to honor his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner. Lorna was a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards along with her son Chuck and was an inspirational figure to Joe and an avid lover of Pinot Noir.
Though she wasn’t around to see her grandson’s Pinot Noir project, there’s little doubt she would’ve loved the timeless terroir-driven classics that Joe and team cook up each vintage. But in the 2019 vintage, Joe’s team reached heights, I’m not sure he would’ve ever dreamed up.
The 2019 Las Alturas single-vineyard Pinot Noir came with a big 96-point score and a #11 Wine of the Year designation. In a giving 2020 vintage, it’s easy to see this one once again getting rewarded with a big score. This is the ‘larger side’ to American Pinot.
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#11, Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of the Year (96 Points)
Firm lines of graphite and loamy earth streak through the opulent aromas of black plum and dried violet on the nose of this brooding Pinot Noir. The palate is a whirlwind of exuberance, as leathery tannins wrap around more graphite minerality, dried violet and lavender, stewed plum and a touch of bittersweet cocoa on the finish.