2010 Belle Glos "Las Alturas" Monterey County Pinot Noir

SKU #1084576 92 points Wine Spectator

 Deliciously pure, rich and layered, with complex currant, blueberry and wild berry fruit that's supple, deep and persistent, ending with ripe tannins. Drink now through 2023.  (9/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Complex nose offers cherry-cola, black raspberry, vanilla and dried rose. Sweet, primary flavors of dark berry compote and cherry skin, along with a suggestion of black tea. Dense, sappy, palate-coating dark fruit flavors gain energy and spiciness with air. Finishes with supple tannins and very good length, leaving vanilla and oak spice notes behind.  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

The Las Alturas Vineyard is located in one of the highest vineyard sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands district of Monterey County, where sandy loam soils and a sunny but cool, coastally influenced microclimate yields intense Pinot Noir fruit with natural acidity. The cool 2010 vintage is expressed in this wine's bright perfume of just-ripe strawberry, cherry, and blackberry accented by hints of vanilla and clove. The palate is round and silken, with creamy layers of berry and spice held together by a fine beam of acidity, leading toward a fruity, spice-kissed finish.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Santa Lucia Highlands