Wine – 2005 Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

09262006.jpgThe 2004 vintage of this wine was one of the highlights of my wine year. I loved it I drank it back in September. So, last night when I decided with a friend of mine to have a “Pinot Noir night”, the 2005 Belle Glos was an easy choice to accompany the DePonte Cellars Pinot Noir.

Man, oh man, this is good stuff. It was darker than the DePonte Pinot, with a decidedly “meatier” texture. There was a darker look and nose to the wine along with a bit more of a tannic bite to round it out.

OK, so what was it like? The nose was full of dark and syrupy berry and plum fruit with a touch of cinnamon spice and leather. The flavours? Lots of the intense dark berry and plum fruit with a great lingering, toasty finish. It was just as good as I’d hoped it would be.

The single vineyard sits at the intersection of Clark Road and Telephone Road in the Santa Maria Valley – hence the name. The old vines (1972) produce the intense flavours I associate with the wine: Old vines + good winemaking = tasty, tasty stuff.

A wine like this makes it tough to go back to the value wines. 🙂

$50 here in BC.

4 1/2 stars