Sunday, September 8, 2013

Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark and Telephone 2011

Date of Tasting: 14 July 2013
Wine Type: Red
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 14.4%
Origin: California, USA
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Expect to Pay: ~ THB1,800 - 2,500 (retail price in Thailand)
Chubby Score: 91/100
Value for money: 7/10
Professional Rating: WS - 92/100

Appearance: dark and opaque scarletty red
Aroma: floral and dark berries, cinnamon, nutmegs, and more spices
Palate: so dark, dense, and intense for both taste and structure, well balance and persistent long finish, tannins are so smooth, texture is a little chewy and jammy, so many scent of berries follow ones after ones: blackberry, blackcurrant, raspberry, cherry, and even plum.

This bottle of Pinot Noir is very big indeed for smooth and fruity variety: big and bold in fact. There is a big potential during this decade for Clark and Telephone 2011. I personally would let it lay down for a few years to soften a little more. I shall then enjoy it with sushi, especially those fatty type fish, or lobster. Should you see some, grab them into your cellar: really good value for money. Looking forward to opening the next bottle.

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
WE = Wine Enthusiast
JR = Jancis Robinson
DC = Decanter
JS = James Suckling
BH = Burghound
FS = Falstaff Magazine

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