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Oct 08

Drink Pink: 2008 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc

As part of my own little Drink Pink initiative, I dived into my first rosé of the month. I'll tell you right now, it will be hard for any other rosé to live up to this one. I apparently started at the top.

2008 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc, Mendocino County, California
$18.99, Water Tower Fine Wines

image from farm4.static.flickr.com Have you heard of Caymus? They're rather well known for their Cabernet. So well known, in fact, that in order to focus on some rather nice Pinot Noir, the winemaker had to open a separate winery. In 2001, that's how Belle Glos came to be. 

Belle Glos is distinctive for its wax-dipped bottles, a la Maker's Mark. The Pinot Noirs all have a dark red wax, but this rosé sports a brilliant pink. It's actually a gorgeous bottle. I had to have it as soon as I saw it in the store. (The wax has a pull tab, making it easy to remove from the top.)

The wine has a wonderful aroma of flowers and wild strawberries. You can see in the photo that the wine itself is almost a jewel-tone. The rosé is made from pinot noir, which is my favorite red grape.

I've never said this about a rosé before, but this is a sexy rosé. It makes sense, as pinot noir can be one of the most sensuous wines around, but rosé? My hats off to the winemaker. This has a lot of big dark berries and just a kiss of strawberry.

This isn't one of those light, prissy rosés; this wine has some heft to it. We drank it solo, but I bet it would also prove to be an excellent food wine, holding up to some heavier pairings.

Perhaps the biggest recommendation for this wine is that Kevin had several glasses and he likes to say he hasn't "found his inner pink." He's usually not a fan of rosés, but I think this one won him over. I also think it's worth the $18.99.

Enjoy!

Our review:

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Posted by Michelle at 11:33 am in Drink Pink! (BCRF), Tastings, Wine Notes | Permalink | Comments (2)

2 Responses to “Drink Pink: 2008 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc”

  1. Bob says:

    Was doing some research on wines. My wife and I are going on our second cruise in 28 days and this is our 30th anniversary this year (Sep 2010). I was looking over the wine list the cruise offers to pick a bottle for the first night and googled “Belle Glos, Pinot Noir Blanc”. Looks like a very tasty wine. I dont know what vintange (year) but I might pick this wine. I’ve never had it but your review makes it sound very good.

    Bob

  2. [...] Belle Glos (pinot noir – California) previous review [...]

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