When it comes to the deepest, Inkiest and most extravagant Pinot Noirs, Joe Wagner, founder of Belle Glos is an innovator for this unique style. Joe was involved in the Wagner Family wine business at an early age, taking in valuable lessons from his father, Chuck Wagner, who founded Caymus Vineyards. In July of 2015 Joe split off the value priced Meomi Pinot Noir label from Belle Glos and sold it to Constellation Brands for an eye-popping $315 million…

One of my favorites each year hails from the Las Alturas Vineyard, which is perched at 1,200 feet elevation on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The vineyard is heavily influenced by coastal fog from the Monterey Bay, and from gusty maritime winds that funnel in from the bay throughout the afternoons, which contributes to one of the longest growing seasons in California, and in turn, allows for a long hang-time and fully developed flavors. If you enjoy BIG, inky and full-bodied California Pinot Noir, along with our best price in years, this one should top your list.

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The Belle Glos Las Alturas got me hooked, and this 2018 is jammy! With strawberries, plums, and black berries, this is a fine example of Dolce Vita Pinot Noir… The Rich and Sweet Life of Caymus Family Wines! (great story below)

Belle Glos Las Alturas Santa Lucia Highlands SLH
Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas Santa Lucia Highlands



Winery notes: “Deep garnet in color with an aromatic medley of black cherry, marionberry, ripe plum and a hint of anise. Dark fruit on the palate with flavors of wild berries, caramelized oak and cacao nibs complemented by subtle notes of vanilla, cedar and a hint of lavender and forest floor. Rich and unrestrained, this wine’s abundant fruit is beautifully balanced by firm acidity and layers of red and black fruit.”

Ed’s Notes, “I have great story to share here about Belle Glos…so a few years ago, my wife and I attended a professional Meeting/Tasting with two Pinot Noir Purists who only made and drank Burgundian style wines. Beyond wine snobs, these two people just hated any unconventional, non-traditional version of Pinot Noir. I absolutely respect that, and I wanted to learn more from them, so I brought over a sample bottle of Belle Glos to compare with their favorites. As most people know, Belle Glos Pinot skews more towards the richer, deeper, and sweeter side of this varietal. Traditional Pinot Noir skews more towards a lighter, delicate, not too dry, and certainly not sweet… so I poured a glass of Las Alturas for both of them, and they immediately started to criticize: from the color, to aromas, and so forth. The interesting is, as the actual tasting progressed, these two Pinot Purists kept pouring themselves glasses – I didn’t know it at the time; they were drinking the BELLE GLOS! My wife and I thought we were ALL spitting and dumping the wines as usual during tastings; however by the time the meeting was over – the bottle of Las Alturas was empty. I was laughing the entire 5-minute ride home because I didn’t actually notice until I brought the samples back to our car. And my wife, well she insisted I buy another case, and this has been one of our top-selling Pinots ever since then.”

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