Like other Belle Glos pinots, this is a PN for folks who prefer big California cabs to lighter bodied pinot noirs (not that there is anything wrong with that). Unlike most pinots, it is dark purple in the glass and looks more like a syrah or cab than a thin skinned pinot. Same with the nose: it has a distinct cherry nose but a black fruit, syrah nose. A bit jammy with heavy oak. While it is not a pure expression of PN and not my style, it is a good modern wine with wide appeal, and appreciated by all who tasted it.
Compared to the 2010 Clark & Telephone and Los Alturas consumed 15-18 months ago, this was more subtle and less of a fruit forward explosion despite exhibiting a similar dark red color. However, this is still at the far end of the fruit-forward spectrum for pinot, even for a Cali pinot. Rich, ripe, layered, and big; with cherry, raspberry, and mild oak. This drank very well on its own, but not so far when paired with dinner. A crowd-pleasing wine made in a style which definitely isn't for everyone.
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