2012 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Sonoma County
  • > Russian River Valley
Drink between 2014 - 2019
CT89.1 54 reviews
Borrowed from 2011
Borrowed from 2011
Borrowed from 2011
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Community Tasting Notes 29

  • ewsds wrote: (80 points)

    September 7, 2014 - I agree with mfortunek and a few of the others. This is terrible Pinot, and defies the whole ethos of the grape. If I had tried this blind, I would have never guessed it to be Pinot Noir. This wine is excessively "doctored," and I view it as a manufactured wine, not a natural one. The color is darker than any Pinot I've seen and the flavors are not true to any Pinot Noir. Day two, more of the same, just a bit less intense. If I wanted a Zinfandel, I would have opened one.

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  • Martnmac wrote: (91 points)

    September 5, 2014 - Boom boom pow. Love it. Triple yum for us. Big fruit big punch. Paired amazing with BBQ pork tenderloin Just plum yum. Cherry sunshine juice

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  • mpricher wrote: (89 points)

    September 5, 2014 - While I'm a fan of Caymus and Belle Glos, this bottling is alot more sweet, than deep... In fact it's shallow with some mild secondary flavors. The nose is more candied fruit, like skittles "Taste the Rainbow" than nuance, and the profile just didn't do alot for me. Not a bad Pinot, but more fruit forward than I would've expected from a Russian River Bottling.

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  • mfortunek wrote:

    September 4, 2014 - So here is the definitive note on this wine (arrogant, right? - just wait). If you have a refined palate and a cultivated nose for pinot noir, there is a strong chance you will be repulsed. However, if you are new to wine or more of a beer/liquor drinker, you will find some pleasantries here; and that's okay. The rub is that this bottle retails at $40. If you're not a wine drinker, that's too much to pay for a bottle of pinot (i.e. you aren't going to be drinking this), and if you do have a more refined palate you will instantly compare this wine to far, far better pinots at the same price point (and below) and become vituperative. This is a wine without a market; a man without a country. It's too expensive for the people who will actually enjoy it, and too basic/syrupy for the people who will pay $40 for a Caymus family wine.

  • Pfleonard Does not like this wine: (84 points)

    August 31, 2014 - In a blind tasting, and I have some training, I would never, ever, guess this was a pinot noir. Alcohol-10 off the charts boozy. It made my eyes water and the legs are constant and thick. Tannins-0 there are none. Sugar-8 cloyingly sweet, chill if you have a chance. Acidity-2. A lopsided and wonky outcome, no balance. Deep dark purple, pinot noir? Really? Taste: Lowney's chocolate covered cherries and that's pretty much it since anything else is covered by sugar and booze. At the end I would have guessed cheaply made Sforzato. I do Sforzato an injustice. Hey, my neighbor who knows nothing about wine liked it. I gave her the rest of the bottle. Switched to rye and coke. Lots of booze, sugar and alcohol and no tannins either.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Belle Glos
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Dairyman
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Russian River Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 19 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1264 (82%)
  • Consumed 260 (17%)

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Who Likes This Wine

86% Like It  28 votes