• The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine: 89 points

    May 10, 2017 - This is my third (and last) bottle of this and this was a bit of a departure from the others as this comes off as particularly stewed and extracted compared to the first two. I know that last word is a bit charged, but it feels heavy and thick. Still, this is a tasty wine, that no doubt would please a large segment of the wine drinking population. thedrunkencyclist.com

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  • The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine: 91 points

    January 31, 2017 - I have already written about Belle Glos’ distinctive wax seal (if you are going to have wax, go all-in—don’t have the pull tab), so no need to go there again (although I think I just did). The wine, though, is still faring quite well. Opulent fruit, a touch of earth, and a solid finish. What’s not to jump up and down about? Well, in a word, nothing (since I don’t think they are going to heed my advice regarding the wax). thedrunkencyclist.com

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  • The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 31, 2016 - Retail $65. Honestly, I think the whole wax thing is a bit over the top. In fact, even Wagner sees it as simply decorative as they have a pull tab on top to assuage the fears of the wax averse. Once I get past the wax, this comes close to a whoa. Really close. Cherry and eucalyptus on the senses and the fruit continues to tantalize by tickling the tongue. Impeccably balanced with just a hint of tannins. Drink in the short term since there is no reason to wait. It is a big juicy Pinot and if you like that style, you will certainly love this. thedrunkencyclist.com

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  • The Raven Likes this wine: 90 points

    April 7, 2015 - Wonderful Pinot with a lot of body. Drank well by itself with hints of blackberry and chocolate. Didn't like the wax bottle cover because it was hard to remove and made a mess.

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  • Swekman wrote: 92 points

    March 21, 2015 - The nose of this wine is made up of dried cherries, pencil lead, cedar, and a hint of smoke. It has solid, well rounded tannins and the finish lingers. This bottle is drinking really nice right now and I am happy to have cellared it for 5 years before opening it.

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  • CWang wrote: 92 points

    March 14, 2015 - My last bottle of this wine was opened early as I was wondering if it was aging much faster than expected; very rich nose full of berries and roses like the previous bottle; less acidic and more complex on the palate, yet the tannins were still quite noticeable in the long finish; overall, also 92-93 points at this stage; a few more years needed to reach maturity to me.

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  • Sugarb Likes this wine: 90 points

    June 1, 2014 - Very much near the end of its window. Has lost some of its fruit vibrancy, still very nice.

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  • Grenik Likes this wine: 90 points

    December 14, 2013 - Bright red fruit, good balance, medium finish.

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  • Sugarb Likes this wine: 90 points

    November 29, 2013 - Drinking very well. Served as second Pinot with Thanksgiving dinner. As with other Belle Glos bottlings, there is a nice balance between fruit and minerality, although the minerality showed through a little more.

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  • CWang wrote: 92 points

    May 25, 2013 - It's a sin to taste this wine so young; the nose, super rich in red berries and fragrant roses, plus some caramel and mineral powders; the palate, quite acidic, berries, cassises, incense, and licorice; medium to full bodied, yet still rather green and tight; the finish, creamy and lingering long; red and black berries coated with caramel, tropical spices, and sweet tannins; overall, 92-93 points for now; lots of promising potential ahead; will likely reach 94-95 points without breaking a sweat in 5 years, but too bad only one bottle left; will leave it alone in the cellar before 2018.

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