Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011

Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
California, $25

California is the theme region of the upcoming Vancouver International Wine Festival and I couldn’t be more excited. Having a depth of selections from this great region allows you to really understand the stylistic differences of the area: a Napa Cabernet or Sonoma Pinot can only be appreciated when you get to taste a number of different wines from the same region and same vintage back to back. A case in point is this lauded Pinot from the Wagner family of Caymus fame. Its big brother, the Belle Glos Clark and Telephone, just made the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for its 2010 vintage, and this little brother is regularly lauded as one of the best deal Cali Pinots there is. But it’s as unlike the Schug Pinot that we reviewed a few weeks back as you can imagine. Whereas the Schug is restrained and complex, light and tart, the Belle Glos is rich and full, with layers of lush fruit. Neither is high in alcohol, but other than that (and the common grape and state), they’re worlds apart. I like one of them better, but I’m not telling which—they’re both being poured at the Wine festival so you’ll have to try them yourself and decide for yourself.

The Wine Festival runs from Feb. 23-Mar 3, visit playhousewinefest.com for more info.

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