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Clark & Telephone

Pinot Noir,
 2019

$42.99/bottle

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Description

Aromas of plum, cinnamon and clove are complemented by flavors of ripe blackberry, raspberry and sweet baking spices along with velvety tannins and a smooth toasty finish

Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Santa Barbara, California
Winemaker: Belle Glos
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.9%

Winemaker's Notes

Deep ruby red in color with lush aromas of ripe cherry, nutmeg, and dark chocolate laced with clove, cedar, and lightly toasted oak. Bold and unctuous on the palate with dark ripe fruit, baking spices, cocoa, and blueberry pie filling. The texture is rich and velvety which leads to a long, structured finish

John's Notes

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Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Belle Glos Wines, winemaker Joseph Wagner

  • Owner/winemaker, Joe Wagner chose the name Belle Glos (pronounced “BELL GLOSS”) to honor his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner. Lorna was a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards, an inspirational figure to Joseph and an avid lover of Pinot Noir
  • My goal with each of the Belle Glos single-vineyard Pinot Noirs is to express the uniqueness of each vineyard and craft a genuine style of California Pinot Noir that is layered, complex, fruit-forward and rich. Our Clark & Telephone vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley is well suited to producing a wine in our signature style. Joseph Wagner

Variety: Pinot Noir

Region: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, California

Climate/Vintage:

  • An abnormally cold and rainy winter brought much-needed precipitation to Southern California but delayed bud break and early grapevine growth into late March. The weather quickly changed to sunny, warm, and dry in April, which caused rapid grapevine growth into early May. Mid-May saw the return of very wet, cold weather and record amounts of rainfall. Mild early summer weather transitioned to a hot August, but the marine layer allowed the grapes to ripen evenly and retain their natural acidity. We were able to start harvesting the fruit in mid-September and completed harvest on the second week of October

Viticulture:

  • The Clark & Telephone Vineyard was established in 1972 and planted with “own root” Martini clone vines. Located just 13 miles from the ocean and situated on a west-facing slope, this vineyard experiences weather patterns that pull from west to east to bring cool fog and coastal breezes inland until August when Santa Ana winds begin
  • This climate makes for later-ripening and longer-hanging grapes with a delightful fruitiness, great acidity and underlying flavor nuances that contribute additional complexity
  • Due to intensive pruning and crop-thinning, the vines produce loose clusters with small, intensely flavored berries. The result is dense, dark-berry fruit and abundant, sweet, baking-spice characteristics that are synonymous with the Martini clone
  • We harvested early in the morning so the fruit would arrive at the winery while the grapes were still cool to preserve the vineyard-fresh flavors

Winemaking:

  • After de-stemming (but not crushing) the berries, we cold-soaked the fruit for up to two weeks to soften the skins and allow for ideal extraction
  • During fermentation in a combination of closed and open-top stainless steel fermenters, we used both punch-downs and pump-overs to extract color and tannins, and also to control temperatures and maximize flavors
  • We aged the wine in 100% French oak (60% new) for up to nine months
  • After the wine underwent malolactic fermentation, we racked it twice before making the final blend

Alcohol:  14.9%

Pairs Well With:  Grilled pork loin, pepper-rubbed chicken thighs, pasta with red pepper sauce

Reviews

Wilfred Wong (92): The Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir has always been my favorite of this winery’s single-vineyard offerings. The 2019 vintage is showing quite well. This wine brings aromas and flavors of boysenberries, black fruits, and oak to the fore. Enjoy it with a flavorful, slowed-cooked lamb stew. December 21, 2020

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