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Rather than being a byproduct of red wine, the grapes for this Rosé were grown specifically with the intention of making a Rosé Wine. The wine’s delicate charm and intriguing complexity harmonize beautifully with bright, berry flavors and a crisp, refreshing structure

Variety: Rosé
Region: Sonoma Coast, California
Winemaker: Belle Glos Wines
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 12.7%

Winemaker's Notes

Salmon pink with golden highlights, this wine has the classic ‘eye of the partridge’ color. Bright and expressive on the nose with aromas of honeysuckle, Asian pear, and Fuji apple followed by notes of vanilla and orange blossom. Flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon zest fill the palate with lively characteristics. This wine has nice acidity with a light but satisfying finish

John's Notes

Early in my wine studies, part of the coursework involved trying multiple pairings as a bit of a hands-on demonstration of how various foods interact with wine. Despite my age, I still have the appetite of a teenager, and I recall saying something like “this is so good” a few times to a classmate while tasting different pairings.  What happened next will forever be etched in storytelling memory.  Clearly annoyed at my ravenous mis-assessment that each pairing was delicious, the British instructor bellowed “for God’s sake John, every food is not intended to pair wonderfully with each wine!”

Over the years, I’ve grown increasingly interested in the dynamics of food and wine pairing, and love finding combinations both traditional and unconventional where the food and wine bring out the best in each other. I have reservations at my favorite restaurant tomorrow, and the small plate menu is screaming for a beautiful Rosé – you can bet I’ll be bringing a bottle of Belle Glos Oeil de Perdrix 2020 with me

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
  • In Burgundy, a Rosé of Pinot Noir is traditionally known as oeil-de-perdrix, which translates to ‘eye of the partridge’ and refers to its coppery pink hue. My grandfather started making a Rosé in this style over 40 years ago. Producing this wine requires a gentle hand and a readiness to press the juice quickly once it reaches the desired level of color. This is a bespoke Rosé where the grapes are grown and harvested with the specific intention of making a Rosé; not a Saignee Rosé, which is a by-product of making red wine

Variety: Pinot Noir

Region: Sonoma Coast, California


  • The 2020 growing season followed a very mild and dry winter for California with rainfall that was 50% below normal. In March, bud-break occurred uniformly and following some much-needed late spring rainfall, the grapevine canopies were healthy and average in size. With very warm weather from May through early June, bloom and fruit set happened quickly, and the resulting crop was lighter than average. While the daytime temperatures were warmer than normal throughout the summer, the marine layer kept temperatures cool. Due to the warm and dry season, the light crop quickly ripened in a uniform manner. We found the flavor development to occur earlier than normal with nice acidity and harvested the fruit in the middle of August


  • Straight after harvest, the fruit received a whole cluster light press, a 48 hour cold settle, then we split the fermentation into seasoned French oak and stainless steel tanks
  • The stainless steel retains the primary fruit flavors and freshness in the wine while the neutral French oak barrels add a rich texture and light spice to beautifully complement the generous fruit
  • We dedicate this Rosé to our family, friends and colleagues who have battled cancer. A portion from the sale of this bottle will go towards ongoing research in the cure for cancer

Alcohol:  12.7%

Pairs Well With: Pork chops with an apple chutney, fig and goat cheese pizza, butternut squash ravioli with mascarpone sauce


Wilfred Wong (91): The 2020 Belle Glos Oeil de Perdrix is a lovely and alluring Rosé of Pinot Noir. This wine offers attractive aromas and flavors of red fruit and mineral notes. Enjoy its slightly elevated and beautifully textured palate with oven-baked poultry in a wild mushroom and wine reduction sauce. March 13, 2021

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