Belle Glos Pinot Noir
Las Alturas Vineyard
2010 Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County
Approx. $35 (Stoneham Wine Cellars @BJs)
Before we get started, let me first apologize for being such sporadic food & wine bloggers these days. Life has been busy over the past 14 months with the addition of our beautiful daughter, Annabelle, to our family. This is not to say we have not been drinking wine. In fact, we might drink more! We have also traveled to some great places -- from Cape Cod to Paris -- and enjoyed some of the best meals of our lives (we racked up six Michelin stars in one day!). We are just extremely behind in documenting it all in our blog - but we will catch up...eventually...
Tonight, we are decorating our Christmas tree (and concluding that Annabelle will be very helpful at the end of December when we "undecorate" :-) Thadd is also preparing a feast -- roasted leg of lamb with parsnips, sunchokes and baby potatoes with side of red wine braised collards greens and lacinato kale greens. For the occasion, we decided to break open one of our bottles of Belle Glos Pinot Noir - the Las Alturas Vineyard 2010. Like all Belle Glos wines we've tried, once we got through the challenging red wax seal, our taste buds were greeted with pleasant sensations of juicy berries, cocoa, vanilla. This wine is less fruity and heavier and more complex than some Pinot Noirs, but still velvety and smooth.
It's also important to note that this wine is a bit young - and that's reflected in the way it drinks. Even the tasting notes on the Belle Glos are only for the 2009 vintage, so perhaps we were a little overeager in opening it. If we were to purchase another bottle, we might keep it on the shelf a bit longer -- and save it for another perfect winter night, just like this one.
A&T Ranking: 8.5/10