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2012 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Maria Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • tomherer Does not like this wine: 85 points

    January 18, 2015 - Last bottle, and good riddance. Was hoping it would come around with a little more cellar time, but you can't polish a turd, as they say. Gloopy, saccharine, woody; just can't see how this resolves, ever. The core of pure fruit puts it a rung above apothic. I'm not exactly one of the pinot cognoscenti du jour that's turning their cellar over to 100% Rhys and keeps a pinup of Rajat Parr in my gym locker, either. Loves me a full-throttle RRV pinot, but this should never have been released for $45.

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4 Comments

  • Joegish commented:

    1/19/15, 7:26 AM - hmmmm.....not sure 2 years on a fruit bomb in the cellar is enough time? Will let mine sit for at least another 2-3 years before touching...hopefully, they will improve. If not, then they are non-wine drinker/party favorite kind of wine...
    Definitely agree on the $45 price point being excessive.

  • tomherer commented:

    1/19/15, 8:20 AM - Yah, that's a more than fair point, especially given how backwards the northern CA pinots are touted to be in 2012. But I thought about it a lot after each $2 sip and am really of the opinion that this is the biggest underperformer in the BG portfolio since probably 2007. The oak, thickness, and sweetness seem more like flaws than disintegrated components. Time will tell of course, and I agree that it should improve a bit with more cellar time, but see no hope of this ever becoming outstanding pinot, fwiw.

    That said, I shared it with my sister, a wine novice, who loved it and took the rest of the bottle home, so yah, your bottles still will prob go to good use regardless :)

  • isaacjamesbaker commented:

    5/1/15, 7:58 AM - I too love me some big RRV Pinot (and Rhys), but this line was friggin hilarious, had me doing a legit "lol": "I'm not exactly one of the pinot cognoscenti du jour that's turning their cellar over to 100% Rhys and keeps a pinup of Rajat Parr in my gym locker, either."

  • Legend38 commented:

    7/15/15, 9:10 PM - Hilarious and accurate review. I don't think cellaring is going to do this bottle any favors. There's a big lack of acidity and I think the fruit mellows far quicker than the oak does.

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