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 2021 vintage, recovering from a nasty year with wildfires, Joe’s team reached heights, I’m not sure he would’ve ever dreamed up. The 2021 vintage in Napa was a dream for juicy Pinot Noir
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 2021 vintage, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see this one once again getting rewarded with a huge score. This is the ‘larger side’ of American Pinot Noir.
This extremely ripe and bold style of Pinot Noir will please those seeking such lushness. Dark in the glass, it begins with black cherry, toasty caramel and cola milk shake aromas. The palate is hefty and heavy, carrying ripe berry but also tart red-plum-skin flavors, as licorice adds spice.