“My goal with each of the Belle Glos single-vineyard Pinot Noirs is to express the genuine uniqueness of each vineyard site and to craft a true style of California Pinot Noir that is layered, complex, fruit-forward and rich.”
— Joseph Wagner, Owner/Winemaker
The vineyard locations can all be described as coastal, but the climate differences are significant, depending on the amount of fog, wind, sunlight, and soil type at each site. Each wine is crafted to distill the purest essence of the vineyard into elegant expressions of California Pinot Noir.
At less than six miles from the Pacific Ocean and subject to sometimes ruthless fog and winds, the Taylor Lane Vineyard can make growing grapes an act of faith.
To achieve full maturity at this coastal site, we paired the early-ripening Dijon clones with an adapted traditional Italian trellis system that carries the vine shoots across a nearly horizontal canopy. The trellis acts as a solar panel for maximum ripening and permits dappled sunlight throughout the day and excellent air circulation to the fruit; its height also lets us graze sheep for weed control.
Situated in the southern alluvial plains of the Russian River Valley, Dairyman Vineyard’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean results in a cool morning fog and afternoon coastal breezes that elongate the growing season.
This gives us small, concentrated and flavorful berries, producing bright cherry characteristics, brown spices, and a keen minerality overlaid with a rich, velvety mouth feel. Once an old dairy farm, the pastureland was planted to Dijon clone Pinot Noir in 2000, preserving the deep agricultural history of the property.
The only AVA that straddles both Sonoma and Napa counties, Carneros owes its uniqueness to its location along San Pablo Bay—a tidal estuary forming the northern reaches of the San Francisco Bay. This 10-mile-wide bay offers persistent, cooling fog and unrelenting breezes, making Carneros the coolest, windiest district in the Napa-Sonoma region.
Our Eulenloch Vineyard is located in the Carneros region of Napa Valley and is predominantly comprised of clay soils which retain water but are remarkably shallow. When combined with the cool coastal breeze, these characteristics provide us with ripe fruit that is complex and nuanced. Our Eulenloch Pinot Noir offers structure, suppleness, length, and depth.
Located in one of the highest-plantable sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, this pristine bench offers the Las Alturas Vineyard cool, coastal days with consistent sunshine and a foundation of Gloria sandy loam soil.
When planting this 15-acre vineyard, we matched various Pinot Noir clones to individual slopes and soil attributes of the land. Our yields are deliberately kept low in order to preserve the fruit intensity these clonal choices have given us.
Clark & Telephone
Clark & Telephone Vineyard, located near the corner of Clark Avenue and Telephone Road in the Santa Maria Valley, is cooled by wind and fog that snakes in from the Pacific Ocean along a channel of the Santa Maria River.
Established in 1972, the Clark & Telephone Vineyard was planted “own root” to the Martini clone. This heirloom clone of Pinot Noir, one of the first to grace the California coastlands, has become something of a lost treasure.
Glasir Holt Chardonnay
Located near the western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA less than 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, our Glasir Holt vineyard harnesses the elements that are perfect for Chardonnay.
On the south side of the vineyard runs the Santa Ynez River and to the north, a calcareous hillside that has been carved out by ancient river flows, leaving the bench where we planted the vines rooted in layers of gypsum, sand and gravelly loam. Although our initial intentions were to grow Pinot Noir on this vineyard, a small portion of the land was nearly like crushed chalk, with a pH level reaching 9.5 (normal soils range from 5.5 to 7 pH). We decided to plant Chardonnay grapes in this very unique soil.
With the vines planted at a north west direction, this allows for the optimal amount of morning and afternoon sun light on the canopy and clusters. This high pH soil, extreme maritime impact, chilly summer days and mild nights, we were able to grow this beautiful mineral driven Chardonnay resulting in a classic, restrained, yet expressive style of wine.