Sunday, May 26, 2013

Belle Glos 'Clark & Telephone' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Date of Tasting: 25 January 2013
Wine Type: Red
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 14.3%
Origin: California, USA
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Expect to Pay: THB1,800 – 2,500 (retail price in Thailand)
Chubby Score: 90/100
Value for money: 5/10
Professional Rating: WS - 93/100

Appearance: deep and dark purplish red
Aroma: intense and strong aroma of berries jam, gums, and vanilla
Palate: Striking dark berries scent with aromatic spices, dark and thick that almost jammy and leathery like and sweet in fact, supple but high tannins with silky touch, really long length of finish, indeed a heavy-bodied pinot noir

This is sure a non-traditional type of Pinot Noir. It is rich, sweet, and dramatic. If you do not like the thick liquid syrup style, then stay away from this California pinot noir. Personally, I do not like this one, though it is delicious. This is a wine to drink over a decade but I will like to see it lay down to soften for a few years more.

Score Explanation
95+ = classic and extraordinary
90+ = outstanding in its class
85+ = recommended wine with some degree of enjoyment
80+ = drinkable occasionally

WA = Wine Advocate
WS = Wine Spectator
JR = Jancis Robinson
DC = Decanter
JS = James Suckling
BH = Burghound

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