Belle Glos is part of the Wagner Family of Wine, which also includes labels such as Caymus Vineyards, Mer Soleil and Conundrum. Fifth generation winemaker and viticulturist Chuck Wagner continues to head up the company and directs Caymus, whilst other family, including sixth generation members now overseer the other labels. Joseph Wagner [also a 5th generation winemaker] heads Belle Glos [named for his grandmother Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, co-founder of Caymus Vineyards] and is known for his production of distinctive Pinot Noir sourced from coastal California vineyards. Wagner employs family methods passed down to him from over 35 years ago to craft the traditional French styled oeil-de-perdrix [eye of the partridge] Pinot Noir Rosé. The grapes were sourced from Brugioni Vineyard, the juice was quickly pressed as soon as the desired colour is reached and it is partially fermented in oak barrels.
Vivid coral pink in colour, aromas of strawberry, white flowers, and minerals swirled about in the glass. Subtle fruit flavours of pomegranate and raspberry joined hints of rose petal and nuances of musky oak in the light to medium body. Tangy citrus zest and crisp minerals comprised the dry finish. Bright and so very easy drinking, this is a refined companion for the summer and a wide variety of dishes from olives and cheese to grilled fare.
Pinot Noir [I could not verify varietal percentage]
Produced & Bottled by Belle Glos Vineyards, Rutherford