The Dairyman Vineyard was once a working dairy farm and pasture. Now its alluvial soils are planted with Dijon clones of Pinot Noir that create wine with intensity. The 2016 is a concentrated expression of Pinot Noir with complex red and black fruit flavors (think strawberry, boysenberry and ripe cherry) along with minerality and sweet whiffs of warm baking spices. Curl up with a glass of this on a cold winter night.
Sometimes the offspring of a winemaking legacy needs to cut a different path before returning to the home nest. Being raised in the cellars of Napa Cabernet icons, Joe Wagner nonetheless decided that Pinot Noir was his calling. His father Chuck taught him the nuts-and-bolts reality of the field work and hose dragging that go to the heart of winemaking, so he wasn’t walking into the Pinot growing challenge wearing blinders. Joe understands that it’s the minutiae of vineyard work that makes great fruit happen. For the last decade, he’s been dialing up the fruit intensity on the top-shelf properties that make the cut for this project, and the wine world has taken notice. Critics, consumers… you name it. The word is out that Belle Glos has become a major player in the world of seductive California Pinot Noir.