Belle Glos Pinot Noir "Clark & Telephone Vineyard" 2017 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Santa Maria Valley, California) - [WS 90]

Belle Glos Pinot Noir "Clark & Telephone Vineyard" 2017 [1.5L MAGNUM]
(Santa Maria Valley, California) - [WS 90]

Regular price $119.00 Sale price $99.99 Save $19.01

Notes From the Winemaker:

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.

Abundant winter rains helped the growing season get off to a good start. High temperatures and humidity arrived in late August and continued into harvest. We began picking the grapes in the third week of August, with fruit quality above average and characterized by small berries with good color and concentration. Clusters were also smaller than normal, resulting in generally lower yields. Our 2017 Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir reflects this vintage with classic varietal color, character, structure and acid balance, along with a breathtaking concentration of flavors and aromas.

Bright ruby red with fresh, vibrant aromas of wild blackberry, raspberry jam and cedar box accented by rich floral notes. This wine is juicy and generous on the palate with sweet cherry, field-ripened strawberry, cranberry and just-baked gingerbread. Perfectly balanced with bright acidity and a supple mouthfeel. Fine grained tannins provide an authentic textural distinction and structural depth.

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Juicy, flanked by intense notes of dried underbrush to the raspberry and red currant flavors. The sleek finish is dominated by a crunchy spiciness. Drink now through 2023. 6,780 cases made." - KM (Oct 2019)