Belle Glos showcases, under one label, the distinctive Pinot Noirs we produce from top growing areas in California. My family made Pinot Noir from Napa Valley grapes from 1972 until 1990. Those were good wines, but they were not what we were looking for in Pinot Noir. So we began a search for cool, coastal locations more suited to growing this subtle, elegant grape.

I was still in middle school when we began to develop a ten-acre vineyard near Occidental on the Sonoma Coast, clearing trees and rocks from this previously unplanted land and laying out the vine rows. From the 2002 vintage, eight years later, I had the pleasure of making the first Belle Glos vineyard-designated wines from this Taylor Lane Vineyard and from another site we farm, Clark & Telephone Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. By the 2004 vintage, we had added a third single-vineyard wine from our Las Alturas Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. And, in 2011 we released Dairyman from our vineyard in the cool, foggy Russian River Valley appellation of Sonoma County.

At first glance, our vineyard locations seem similar because they can all be described as coastal. But within this definition, the climate differences are significant, depending on the amount of fog, wind and sunlight at each site. The soil types also differ, so even if we were to plant the same rootstock and clone at every location, the wines would vary greatly. To take full advantage of each vineyard’s character, we decide, site by site, which rootstock and clone to plant; what trellis system to install; how, when or even if we irrigate the vines; how we prune; when we thin the clusters; and finally, when we harvest the fruit.

In the winery, we make ongoing decisions about each small wine lot, based upon tasting each lot over and over to see what it requires: cold soak versus no cold soak, one yeast strain versus another, punch-down versus pump-over during fermentation, and the type of French oak barrel to use for aging. We can emphasize different characteristics in a wine based on these decisions.

When it is time to make the final blend, each barrel of wine has its own identity. Integrating these layers of flavors in each single-vineyard wine—created by choices made over a number of years in the vineyard and months in the winery—is a job I’m proud to do.

– Joseph Wagner, Owner/Winemaker

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BELLE GLOS OFFERINGS

Las Alturas Pinot Noir

$55.00 / Bottle

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Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir

$55.00 / Bottle

Dairyman Pinot Noir

$55.00 / Bottle

  • Las Alturas Pinot Noir

    $55.00 / bottle

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    Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir

    $55.00 / bottle

  • Dairyman Pinot Noir

    $55.00 / bottle

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“I INVITE YOU TO CELEBRATE WITH OUR BELLE GLOS PINOT NOIR. A WINE THAT’S CLOSE TO THE COAST, MY FAMILY, AND MY HEART.”

— Joseph Wagner, Owner/Winemaker

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Taylor Lane Pinot Noir (Magnum)

Sonoma Coast
93 points Wine.com
$300.00 / 1.5L

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Dark violet to ruby red in color this pinot noir has aromas of Bing cherry, blackberry, pepper, tobacco, and forest floor on the nose. Flavors of cherry, apple, and blackberry are balanced with pleasant acidity and nice minerality resulting in excellent depth and concentration that lingers through to the silky, smooth, and supple finish.
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Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir

Santa Maria Valley
92 Points Wine Spectator
$55.00 / Bottle

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Deep ruby red in color with scarlet highlights, Clark & Telephone opens with bountiful aromas of red fruits of cranberry and raspberry jam, laced with clove, cedar, and holiday baking spices. Bold and complex flavors of crushed ripe cherry, cranberry and blueberry pie linger on the palate. The texture is rich and lively, and leads into a warm and structured finish.
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Las Alturas Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands
96 Points Wine Enthusiast
$55.00 / Bottle

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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.
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Dairyman Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley
91 Points Wine Spectator
$55.00 / Bottle

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Dark ruby red in color with satisfying aromas of boysenberry, dark cherry and mulberry along with delicate hints of baking spices, dill, cola, nutmeg and vanilla. On the palate, bold flavors of cranberry, ripe plum, cherry and super-ripe strawberry are uplifted by gentle notes of cocoa powder and sweet fig for a generous and silky mouthfeel. This tremendously complex and broad-shouldered wine finishes with grace.
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Eulenloch Pinot Noir

Napa Valley
90 Points Wine.com
$55.00 / Bottle

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Deep ruby red with aromas of ripe cherry, blueberry, and juicy blackberry layered with hints of cocoa and forest floor. A rich and opulent wine offering flavors of baker’s chocolate, blackberry, and sweet pipe tobacco. This wine is well rounded with supple, refined tannins and a mouthwatering, long finish.