Belle Glos showcases distinctive Pinot Noirs produced from California’s most noteworthy coastal wine-growing regions.
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.
In the winery, we make ongoing decisions about each small wine lot, based upon tasting each lot over and over to see what it requires: cold soak versus no cold soak, one yeast strain versus another, punch-down versus pump-over during fermentation, and the type of French oak barrel to use for aging. We can emphasize different characteristics in a wine based on these decisions.
When it is time to make the final blend, each barrel of wine has its own identity. Integrating these layers of flavors in each single-vineyard wine—created by choices made over a number of years in the vineyard and months in the winery—is a job I’m proud to do.
– Joseph Wagner, Owner/Winemaker