While each vineyard location lies near the Pacific Ocean, the climate differences are significant, varying with the amount of fog, wind, sunlight, and soil type at each site. Each Vineyard Designate is crafted to distill the purest essence of the locale into elegant expressions of California Pinot Noir.
Owner/winemaker, Joe Wagner chose the name Belle Glos (pronounced “BELL GLOSS”) to honor his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner. Lorna was a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards, an inspirational figure to Joseph and an avid lover of Pinot Noir.
“RATHER THAN BEING A BY-PRODUCT OF RED WINE, THE GRAPES FOR THIS ROSÉ WERE GROWN SPECIFICALLY WITH THE INTENTION OF MAKING A ROSÉ WINE. THE WINE’S DELICATE CHARM AND INTRIGUING COMPLEXITY HARMONIZE BEAUTIFULLY WITH BRIGHT, BERRY FLAVORS AND A CRISP, REFRESHING STRUCTURE.”
JOSEPH WAGNER, OWNER & WINEMAKER
In France, this wine is traditionally known as oeil-de-perdrix, which translates to ‘eye of the partridge’ and refers to its pink and copper color. My family has been making Pinot Noir in this style for 40 years. Producing this wine requires a gentle hand and a readiness to press the juice quickly once it reaches the desired level of color. We ferment part of the juice in French oak barrels, a technique which adds enough rich texture and light spice to beautifully complement the generous fruit. To preserve its crisp, clean aromas and flavors, we finished it with a twist-top. Perfect on its own as an aperitif, it also complements picnics on the patio and light dishes. Please enjoy this wine well chilled.
The 2017 growing season was characterized by above average rains and a slightly delayed bud break. We saw strong growth in April and even ripening throughout the year as temperatures soared during the day and the marine layer cooled the region each night. Heat spikes around Labor Day pushed
us into harvest and we brought in all fruit by early September.
This wine’s delicate pink and copper hue makes it a poster child for the classic ‘eye of the partridge’ color. An abundance of fruit aromas carries through to
a fresh, seductive palate where flavors of pink grapefruit, ripe strawberry, watermelon and lemon rind are rounded out by an opulent and dairy-laden core. Gentle notes of fresh peach and white pepper add character. While the bright qualities of this wine approach flinty minerality, there are also rich fruit notes to balance out the firm acidity. This rosé boasts a long, satisfying finish.