Las Alturas is one of the highest altitude growing sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands, just one ridge over from Pisoni. This is a full-bodied, full-throttle Pinot Noir redolent of strawberry jam, fresh cherry pulp, plums, and anise. Gorgeous stuff! Rich and intense, it's easy to see why the wines of Belle Glos have such a dedicated following.
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.
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.
Ripe and rich, this is filled with concentrated Asian spice accents to the dark cherry and roasted plum flavors. Shows hints of dark chocolate and mocha on the plush finish. Drink now through 2023