2012 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Maria Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • tomherer wrote:

    November 4, 2013 - Cautionary tale in not taking notes at a tasting event. Was at a trade event a couple months ago, had the Dairyman, loved it. Bought a few bottles of the 2012 -- convinced what I tasted was the 2011, cause this in no way compares. Worst bottle of BG I've had, and I've enjoyed quite a few.

    The fruit is primary, sappy sweet, and homogeneous. Cherry? Plum? Who knows/cares. Then there's the only other discernible note -- oak. To call it overwhelming doesn't do it justice. Mouth-splintering oak, makes the wine completely uninviting. The weird thing is that the last grapes for this wine were harvested almost exactly a year ago; one would think imparting oak this heavy would take more time?

    Anyway, no score for now -- not because I don't have (a low) one in mind, but because it's the youngest BG I've ever tried, and because I can envision the oak folding into the fruit a year or two from now. Not expecting great things from it regardless, but will revisit/score down the line.



  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/4/13, 3:32 PM - I hope the wine does improve in a couple years. I loved the 2011 and bought two bottles of the 2012 without first tasting it. I've had good experiences with the Belle Glos Clark and Telephone but not so much with the Meiomi.

  • tomherer commented:

    11/6/13, 11:21 AM - Sounds you fell into the same trap I did :). Meiomi is a good analogy -- this tastes sort of like an average vintage of that to me. Simple, oaky, off-balance.

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