Belle Glos

Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir

8.77 ratings
9.31 pro ratings
Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
M. Christopher Roebuck

Tangy strawberry, with orange rind, old cedar, Twizzlers, and perfume.

92 points

Tangy strawberry, with orange rind, old cedar, Twizzlers, and perfume.

92 points

1 person found it helpfulAug 7th, 2022
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‘Las Alturas' Spanish for 'the heights', a fitting name, this vineyard located on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. 4th gen Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner from family with farming & winemaking roots in Napa since 1906. Met Joe several times. Deep Ruby (darkest Pinot I have come across). Nice berry and floral spice aromas. Rich cherry/plum flavors with oak, spice and vanilla. Long finish ending with sweet oak notes. Nice! A Fav!

‘Las Alturas' Spanish for 'the heights', a fitting name, this vineyard located on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. 4th gen Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner from family with farming & winemaking roots in Napa since 1906. Met Joe several times. Deep Ruby (darkest Pinot I have come across). Nice berry and floral spice aromas. Rich cherry/plum flavors with oak, spice and vanilla. Long finish ending with sweet oak notes. Nice! A Fav!

1 person found it helpfulApr 12th, 2022
Sipping Fine Wine

‘Las Alturas' Spanish for 'the heights', a fitting name, this vineyard located on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. 4th gen Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner from family with farming & winemaking roots in Napa since 1906. Met Joe several times. Deep Ruby (darkest Pinot I have come across). Nice berry and floral spice aromas. Rich cherry/plum flavors with oak, spice and vanilla. Long finish ending with sweet oak notes. Nice! A Fav!

‘Las Alturas' Spanish for 'the heights', a fitting name, this vineyard located on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. 4th gen Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner from family with farming & winemaking roots in Napa since 1906. Met Joe several times. Deep Ruby (darkest Pinot I have come across). Nice berry and floral spice aromas. Rich cherry/plum flavors with oak, spice and vanilla. Long finish ending with sweet oak notes. Nice! A Fav!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 5th, 2022
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9.3

The 2019 Pinot Noir Las Alturas captures all the signatures of the Belle Glos style and yet has quite a bit of freshness too. That makes for a compelling Pinot for readers who enjoy big, large-scaled wines. Sweet spice, rose petal, lavender and spice are nicely kicked up here. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2022)

The 2019 Pinot Noir Las Alturas captures all the signatures of the Belle Glos style and yet has quite a bit of freshness too. That makes for a compelling Pinot for readers who enjoy big, large-scaled wines. Sweet spice, rose petal, lavender and spice are nicely kicked up here. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2022)

1 person found it helpfulJan 7th, 2022
Stuart Scheff

A bit beefy for a Pinot. Enjoyable

A bit beefy for a Pinot. Enjoyable

Aug 28th, 2023
Janice in Livermore

2019 with Easter Dinner. Delicious!

2019 with Easter Dinner. Delicious!

Apr 9th, 2023
Jess

Medium ruby color.
Aromas of black cherry compote and vanilla.
It is dry with smooth, moderate tannins. However, the acidity seems to have been raised artificially, leaving an acrid taste in the mouth. Flavors of acetone, black fruit, and vanilla.
Intensity: 4/5
Complexity: 2/5
Balance: 2/5
Finish: 3/5

Medium ruby color.
Aromas of black cherry compote and vanilla.
It is dry with smooth, moderate tannins. However, the acidity seems to have been raised artificially, leaving an acrid taste in the mouth. Flavors of acetone, black fruit, and vanilla.
Intensity: 4/5
Complexity: 2/5
Balance: 2/5
Finish: 3/5

Jan 8th, 2023
RMT
8.9

Smell: A fingered blueberry
Taste: Like I had better Bella Gloss regions

Smell: A fingered blueberry
Taste: Like I had better Bella Gloss regions

May 19th, 2022
Alan Hyde

Took a good 45 minutes to open up but then it was liquid silk. Deep, rich flavors like Clark and Telephone.

Took a good 45 minutes to open up but then it was liquid silk. Deep, rich flavors like Clark and Telephone.

Jan 19th, 2022
Mark Farrell

A darker Pinot coming in at a medium purple/ruby. A nose of tart cherries, raspberry jam, and vanilla. Maybe some mushrooms in the nose, but not overly complex. Medium bodied with good fruit flavors and a nice long finish. A straightforward wine, but very good at what it does.

A darker Pinot coming in at a medium purple/ruby. A nose of tart cherries, raspberry jam, and vanilla. Maybe some mushrooms in the nose, but not overly complex. Medium bodied with good fruit flavors and a nice long finish. A straightforward wine, but very good at what it does.

Oct 17th, 2021